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Title: Media industries in the UK : policy-making and 'alternative' agendas, 1981-2002
Author: Blanchard, Simon Lawrence
ISNI:       0000 0001 3467 5987
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis brings together a portfolio of work published between 1981 and 2002, together with an accompanying critical commentary. The thesis provides a series of inter-related studies of the media-industries in the UK since the late 1970S, with an emphasis on policy-making and 'alternative' agendas. Taken as a whole, the work offers a set of contributions to the making of contemporary media policy in the UK, and does so from a position within the intellectual and political traditions ofthe 'New Left'. In particular, the thesis offers a set of reports, analyses and arguments which seek to provide 'alternative' policy perspectives to those on offer from the neoliberal 'New Right'. Deployng insights from a hybrid analytical framework which combines history, sociology and quantitative political economy, the works submitted have produced the following specific contributions to knowledge: . a) a distinctive interpretation ofthe origins of the 1980 Broadcasting Act and Channel Four Television, of the Channel's statutory remit, and of the role ofthe 'non profit' lobby represented by the Independent Film- Makers Association; b)a distinctive account of the structure of London's media economy in the early 1980s, and an analogous survey of the media economy of the West Midlands region; c) a distinctive analysis of the place of cinema exhibition within changing patterns offilm distribution and consumption, and of the dilemmas facing 'non profit' providers; d) an extended critical audit of the 1988 Broadcasting White Paper, and a related commentary on the prospects for a 5th TV service; e.) a critical assessment of the 2000 Communications White Paper; f) a distinctive survey of the emergence of a 'third tier' of local TV stations across the UK, the diverse ecologies of such stations, the scop~ for a Community Media Fund, and a related report on the operations of a pilot Fund in Yorkshire and Humber.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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