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About Philip

Deputy Director, CREATe; Professor in Cultural Policy, University of Glasgow; Visiting Professor, Media and Communications, LSE; Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh; Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences, Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Member, Ofcom Content Board.

Competition v public service? The hidden logic of TV policy in the UK

This blog by CREATe Deputy Director, Philip Schlesinger, introduces ‘The competition discourse in British broadcasting policy‘ – a Working Paper authored by CREATe Industry Fellow Richard Paterson. In his analysis, Richard Paterson revisits the history of broadcasting policy formation. Returning to the 1950s when the first rationales for competition were fully enunciated, he shows how by degrees such ideas have moved from the margins to occupy centre stage in shaping the TV market-place. Paterson’s account – which involves a painstaking reconstruction of the key steps on the road to where we are now – should give us all pause. While he thinks that the UK’s original vertically integrated duopolistic system demonstrated considerable strengths in global competition, he is not nostalgic … Continue reading

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