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.

Franchise Auction

Franchise auction

The Broadcasting Act 1990 (Part 1, Chapter 2, Sections 15–17), which aimed to introduce greater competition into the commercial sector of broadcasting, proposed a new procedure for the allocation of licences to broadcast in the 15 geographical regions of the commercial Channel 3 network and the franchise for Breakfast programming: the proposal had its origins in the Peacock Committee Report of 1986 (Davidson, 1992: 11). Companies competing for the various franchises were required to tender ‘blind’ bids to the Independent Television Commission (ITC) in a two-stage franchise auction. At the first stage, applicants submit programming proposals and business plans to establish whether the individual bid meets the quality threshold specified by the legislation (Part 1, Chapter 2, Section 16 (2)). Second, the ...

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