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Broadcasting to reflect ‘life and culture as we know it’: media policy, devolution, and the case of Northern Ireland

Ramsey, Phil (2015) Broadcasting to reflect ‘life and culture as we know it’: media policy, devolution, and the case of Northern Ireland. Media, Culture and Society, 37 (8). pp. 1193-1209. [Journal article]

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URL: http://mcs.sagepub.com/content/37/8/1193

DOI: 10.1177/0163443715591674

Abstract

The possibility that broadcasting powers could be devolved from the UK government to the Northern Ireland Assembly has been a matter for political discussion in Northern Ireland. During a 2013 debate in the Assembly on the matter, the dominant Irish nationalist political party called for such devolution to increase the levels of programming that reflect “life and culture as we know it”. The subject is discussed in relation to wider debates over the devolution of broadcasting powers that have taken place in Wales and Scotland, and in relation to the challenges surrounding the formation of media policy for a divided society such as NI. This article suggests that while it is possible under current legislation to devolve broadcasting powers to Northern Ireland, it is likely that implementation would lead to major changes to public service media provision in Northern Ireland.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Public service media; broadcasting policy; media regulation; cross-border media consumption; devolution in the UK; politics of Northern Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:35999
Deposited By: Dr Phil Ramsey
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 09:34
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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