The Communications Act 2003: A New Regulatory Framework in the UK

By Gillian Doyle, Douglas W. Vick - 2008

After coming to power in 1997, the UK’s New Labour Government considered various policy responses to 'convergence' - a perceived communications revolution blurring the boundaries between previously distinct media sectors. The approach decided upon is embodied in the Communications Act 2003 which has ushered in a sweeping programme of regulatory change in the communications industries and is the most comprehensive legislation of its kind in British history. This article assesses the major provisions of the Act, touching on how it has been implemented so far by Ofcom (Office of Communications), and it analyses the implications of this landmark legislation for the future of UK communications and, especially, broadcasting policy.

Convergence, vol. 11 no. 3 75-94.


By Gillian Doyle, Douglas W. Vick| 2008
Categories:  Communication Policy


 
 
 

Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.

 

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