New PDF release: Broadcasting and New Media Policies in Western Europe

By Kenneth Dyson, Peter Humphreys, Ralph Negrine

ISBN-10: 0203194675

ISBN-13: 9780203194676

ISBN-10: 0415005094

ISBN-13: 9780415005098

ISBN-10: 0709945809

ISBN-13: 9780709945802

Murdoch, Maxwell, Hersant, Berlusconi, Bertelsmann, Springer and Turner ... within the Eighties new actors emerged to use the possibilities in ecu broadcasting, supplied by means of the recent applied sciences of satellite tv for pc and cable. Dramatic political, financial and cultural results have been promised and are already being addressed through public coverage. This publication analyses and translates the advance of regulatory regulations in Western Europe in line with those new phenomena.

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12 At the same time innovative European actors were emerging. The British company Reuters was a powerful presence in news and financial services. It was not only a strong international rival to Citicorp and AP Dow Jones; also, it increased its stake in Visnews, the London-based international television news agency, which was an applicant for a channel on TDF-1. Cerus, the French holding company of the Italian entrepreneur Carlo de Benedetti (chairman of Olivetti), sought a similar strong base in international news and information services.

Later, the BBC became daunted by the costs and risks of such an enterprise. Consequently, the government helped put together a new consortium, known as the ‘club of 21’, which involved the BBC, ITV and other commercial companies in a new DBS venture. However, the Conservative goverment offered no financial support, while stipulating that the public broadcasters must ‘buy British’, namely the UNISAT satellite, which the participants in the ‘club of 21’ felt was too expensive. An American satellite was preferred by the consortium.

Consequently, the government helped put together a new consortium, known as the ‘club of 21’, which involved the BBC, ITV and other commercial companies in a new DBS venture. However, the Conservative goverment offered no financial support, while stipulating that the public broadcasters must ‘buy British’, namely the UNISAT satellite, which the participants in the ‘club of 21’ felt was too expensive. An American satellite was preferred by the consortium. Uncertainty about the future financing of the BBC, with the appointment of the Peacock committee in 1985, was also a discouragement from risk-taking.

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