The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

Plurality Test
Plurality test

The incorporation of a ‘plurality test’ into the Communication Act 2003 reflected a substantial lobbying campaign by Lord Puttnam who was concerned that the highly concentrated ownership of the UK media, combined with the further deregulation of ownership envisaged by the Act, might result in a deterioration of the quality and range of broadcast programming available to audiences.

The Enterprise Act 2002 empowers the Secretary of State to issue an ‘intervention notice’ in a media merger, to allow time for consideration of the implications of any takeover/merger on viewer choice and quality of programme provision. Ofcom is required to conduct an inquiry into possible outcomes of any merger and report back findings. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State which ...

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