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[ecrea] New Book: The Politics of Television Policy

Wed Apr 02 15:29:39 GMT 2008

>Colleagues may be interested in the following new book:
>The Politics of Television Policy: The Introduction of Digital Television
>in Great Britain
>by Paul Smith
>Published by Edwin Mellen Press.
>Focusing on the making of UK digital television policy during the mid-late
>1990s and the collapse of ITV Digital in early 2002, this book provides an
>in-depth analysis of the introduction of digital television in the UK. Who
>were the main policy actors? What public policy issues were raised? How
>did the UK government respond? What were the main characteristics of the
>policy making process? Who had the power to control the policy making
>process and policy outcomes? And, how was this power exercised? With these
>questions in mind, this study highlights the emergence of a more complex
>system of UK television policy making, encompassing an ever increasing
>range of policy actors and political institutions.
>Showing a close familiarity with much of the relevant primary as well as
>secondary source material, this book will be an essential guide to those
>seeking to understand how the current balance of forces in Britains
>digital television provision came about ­ and with what consequences for
>media users. ­ Professor Raymond Kuhm, Department of Politics, Queen Mary
>University of London
>This book provides a detailed account of the introduction of digital
>television in the UK  ... By highlighting the increasingly important role
>played by the European Union and the limits of relying exclusively on
>competition policy to shape the communications landscape, this book
>provides some valuable lessons for contemporary policy makers. ­ Dr.
>Jeanette Steamers, Professor in Media and Communication, School of Media,
>Arts and Design, University of Westminster
>Paul Smiths work provides an important and engaging account of the
>emergence of digital television policy and, in particular, locates this
>within a discussion of theories of policy-making and governance. As such,
>the book is likely to be of interest not only to communications
>researchers and students but also those within political science,
>government and technology fields. ­ Dr. Des Freedman, Department of Media
>and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London
>Table of Contents
>List of Tables
>Foreword by Raymond Kuhn
>1 The Politics of UK Television Policy
>2 The Making of UK Television Policy: An Historical Analysis
>3 The UK Digital Television Policy Agenda
>4 The Introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television
>5 Regulating the Digital Set-Top Box Gateway
>6 The Regulation of Premium Content
>7 The Making of Ofcom
>ISBN10:  0-7734-5223-0   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-5223-7    Pages:  348
>Dr Paul Smith
>De Montfort University
>(pasmith /at/

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