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Radio Journalism introduces key themes in journalism studies to explore what makes radio reporting distinctive and lay out the claims for radio's critical importance in the news landscape. With their extensive experience in radio production and academica, authors Guy Starkey and Andrew Crisell take readers on a tour through the past, present and future of radio broadcasting, from the infancy of the BBC in the 1920s up to the prospect of rolling news delivered to mobile telephones. Grounding each chapter in a survey of scholarly writing on the radio, they explore the connections between politics, policy and practice, inviting critical reflection on who radio professionals are, what they do and why. Putting theory and practice into dialogue, this book is the perfect bridge between unreflective production manuals and generalised media theory texts. Witty and engaging, Radio Journalism provides an essential framework for understanding the continuing relevance of radio journalism as a profession, set of practices and arena for critical debate.

Riding the Radio Rapids: Recent Policy Developments
Riding the radio rapids: Recent policy developments
Should Broadcasting be Regulated or Liberated?

We have seen how, over the last century, governments have been reluctant to leave radio to the broadcasters in the way that the press has been left to regulate itself. Since Crawford first pronounced on the scarcity of radio spectrum and its implications for democracy (Crawford Committee 1926), the BBC has operated strictly within the terms of the Royal Charter that was granted to it and which has subsequently been renewed every ten years. Giving it the freedom to do as it might please has never been an option. But governments, whether Conservative or Labour, were even less likely to expose the commercial sector to the full ...

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