Abstract:This article describes the effect of new broadcasting techniques and of deregulatory politics in the UK. It is argued that the national style of regulation was a highly informal one with a limited use of formal law and of the courts, and that the concept of public service broadcasting has been essentially cultural. Informality of regulation has created serious problems of effectiveness and accountability, and has been undermined by the growth in the number of broadcasters. In 1988, the Thatcher government prop… Show more
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