Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Television PolicyThe MacTaggart Lectures$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Bob Franklin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617173

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617173.001.0001

Show Summary Details

A Culture of Dependency: Power, Politics and Broadcasters

A Culture of Dependency: Power, Politics and Broadcasters

The James MacTaggart Lecture 1994

Chapter:
(p.173) A Culture of Dependency: Power, Politics and Broadcasters
Source:
Television Policy
Author(s):

Greg Dyke

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617173.003.0018

In this lecture, the author, former director general of the BBC, attacks what he describes as the ‘culture of dependency’ in British television which subjects broadcasters to an increasing dependence on government ‘in some cases for their very existence and, in the commercial sector, for their financial success’. The Broadcasting Act 1990 sent a message to the ITV companies that ‘being a business was more important than being a broadcaster’. The result has been a shift in power to business executives rather than managers with a background in programme making; television programming promptly loses it critical edge. The author claims that it was the relationship between Ruper Murdoch and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher which ‘really changed the nature of the game’. This Faustian pact meant Thatcher enjoyed the political support of the Murdoch press while News International's majority ownership of BSkyB was exempted from consideration by broadcasting legislation. The author concludes by calling for the creation of a Government Commission on Broadcasting, the appointment of more independent regulators, and a guaranteed income for the BBC for ten years.

Keywords:   BBC, Broadcasting Act 1990, ITV, television programming, Ruper Murdoch, Margaret Thatcher, News International, BSkyB, Government Commission on Broadcasting, broadcasting

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.