Structure of Television

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Structure of Television

By | December 2010
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Structure of the television and video industry in the UK.

For this report I am I going to report on television and video industry, its structure and regulatory bodies. I am going to explore how ownership and regulation affects output and access to television products, including the impact of new technologies on production, distribution and consumption.

In the United Kingdom the term “public service broadcasting”(PSB) refers to broadcasting intended for the public’s benefit rather than for commercial concerns. The communications regulator Ofcom, requires that certain television and radio broadcasters fulfill certain requirements as part of their license to broadcast. All of the BBC's television and radio stations have a public service remit, including those that broadcast digitally. Additionally, all stations broadcast on terrestrial analogue television - the regional Channel 3 companies (the ITV Network), GMTV, Channel 4, S4C in Wales, and Five - are obliged to provide public service programming as they can be viewed freely almost anywhere nationwide. The BBC is a PSB and being a PSB the BBC has to educate, inform and entertain. For example the BBC shows the news broadcasts at 6:00pm and 10:00pm and also 12:00am this is so that it informs its viewers, about what is happening in the world. For entertainment purposes the BBC one main flagship program is Eastender’s. Eastender’s is shown four nights a week. The PSB is so everyone who pays for their television license gets enjoyment from BBC shows.

A television license or broadcast receiver is an official license required in many countries for the reception of television and also sometimes radio broadcasts. It is a form of hypothecation tax to fund public broadcasters to transmit programmes with, or without funding from the radio and television commercials. A tv license costs £142.50 per year for colour and £48.00 for black and white. The license fee money, spent of television goes towards programmes on...

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