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Editorial board: Kim Akass, Stephen Lacey, David Lavery, Janet McCabe, Robin Nelson and Rhonda V. Wilcox.


Online documents related to media policies, commission reports, media manifestos and broadcasting charters.




MediaChannel: Policy Centre.
"National and international bodies are currently debating the regulations and protocols that will determine the media world we will live in. … MediaChannel offers a wealth of material on media-policy research, advocacy and reform and features hundreds of articles on media policy and law. Our network includes more than 80 organisations that work on policy issues"around the globe."


Africa and the Middle East:



Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA).
"The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a non-governmental organisation with members in eleven of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in September 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.”

Media Policy for Ghana.

Broadcasting in Nigeria.


Australia and New Zealand:


Media Statements: digital television, from Ministry of Economic Development (New Zealand).

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
Australia’s multicultural broadcaster: reports and policies.




Broadcasting Regulation in Europe (Report), from the European Institute for the Media.

European Audiovisual Directory.
Searchable database of regulatory broadcasting bodies in Europe.

European Federation of Journalists.
Includes statements on public broadcasting from across Europe.

Legal Information (Europe). EU Media Policy.
Latest news, background information and web links about the European Union's media and audiovisual policy.

Media Law and Policy (Europe).

ALM: Arbeitsgesmeinschaft der Landesmedienanstalten (ALM).
Coordination of the Länder regulatory bodies. In German.

Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM).
Italian regulatory authority. In Italian.

Nyheder fra Mediesekretariatet.
Regulatory body for Denmark.

Regulatory authorities in Spain: Consell de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya (Catalonia; with English translation); Consejo Audiovisual de Navarra (Navarra); and Consejo Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (Community of Madrid).

ZDF Enterprises and AETN Reach Programming Agreement (2005) - Germany.


North America:


American Public Television (APT).
Mission statement (and history).

Canadian broadcasting policy from Media Awareness Network. Public Broadcasting PolicyBase.
Key documents about the history, purpose, policy and structure of public broadcasting in the United States.

Broadcasting Act (1991) – Canada.

Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA). Federal Communication Commission (USA).
Speeches, Auctions, Consumer Information, Telecom Act, Forms, Fees, Comments in Rulemakings, Education, Headlines, Commissioners, Updates, Information, Hot Topics and Bureaus/Offices.

International Broadcasting Bureau (USA).
Information about Voice of America (VOA), Worldnet, International Bureau of Broadcasting, VOA News and English Broadcasts Wire Service, Chinese Radio Scripts (Guo Bioa Encoding), VOA Internet Audio, VOA Program and Frequency Schedules, Talk to America, Voices of America Ombudsman, Worldnet Television Schedules and Satellite Downlink Information, Public Electronic Mail Addresses for VOA and Worldnet, Radio and TV Marti (Broadcasting to Cuba), Recent Additions to the VOA and Worldnet Public Internet Server, and other Public Gopher servers.


United Kingdom and Ireland:


Ownership of the Media in the UK.
Summary prepared by Richard Dover from North East Wales Institute of Higher Education.

Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Broadcasting.
News from the DCMS concerning broadcasting in the UK. Includes charters, statements on public service broadcasting, and parliamentary reviews.

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF).
Includes, Media Manifesto 2005; ‘The State of the Media - Media Policy and the Need for Reform.’
Prepared by Tom O’Malley.

Ofcom (Office of Communications)
Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Includes review of public broadcasting, such as Ofcom: Broadcasting – TV; consultation documents; http://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv/ifi/guidance/g_notes/psb.pdf"> Public Service Television (guidance notes).

Seanad Éireann.
Broadcasting Policy Statement (22 February 1996) made in the Irish parliament.

UK Parliament.
Website provides information about the UK parliament. Legalisation, select committees and bills before parliament.

BBC Royal Charter.

BBC: Plans, Policies and Reports. BBC Statement of Programme Policy: 2005/2006; 2004/2005; 2004/2005: nations and regions.

BBC Statements of Programme Policy 2003-2004.

Channel 4.
Information on programme policy and mission statement.

Communications Act 2003 (UK).