United Kingdom: Subsidies and Democratic Deficits in Local News

  • David BainesEmail author
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


Britain has a complex, mature media system (Bromley 2010). It has two publicly owned public service broadcasters: the BBC, which is funded by a compulsory licence fee and governed by a board of Trustees, and Channel 4, a publicly owned corporation whose board is appointed by broadcasting regulator Ofcom, in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. The commercial terrestrial broadcaster ITV is publicly quoted, as is satellite broadcaster BSkyB, in which News Corporation has a 39 % controlling stake. At the time of writing, broadcast regulator Ofcom was in the process of awarding licences to organisations to run local digital terrestrial television services.


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I thank my former student Leon Bell MA for excellent assistance with the research for this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and CulturesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK

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