Current Debates in Broadcasting

Module code: JNL110

This module aims to:

  • introduce some of the key political, cultural and social themes relating to the contemporary broadcast media
  • consider the implications of the process of digitalisation of the broadcast media and other technological changes
  • address the implications of current broadcasting policy debates on the future of broadcasting and its regulation
  • clarify some of the debates relating to particular types of broadcasting
  • analyse the role and responsibility of broadcast journalists in the 21st century.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the role of the media in democracy in providing public information and its public service role in serving the public interest
  • knowledge of the key issues arising from ongoing technological change in the media environment
  • an understanding of the regulatory constraints within which broadcast journalists work and the contemporary debates relating to media standards in the 21st century
  • an awareness of concerns about television news programming in relation to changing formats and the blurring of broadcast boundaries.

Journalism Studies undergraduate

Recommended reading

Barnett, S (2011) The Rise and Fall of Television News, London: Bloomsbury

Cushion, S (2012) Television Journalism, London: Sage

Cushion, S (2012) The Democratic Value of News, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Curran, J; Seaton, J (2003) Power Without Responsibility 6th edn, London: Routledge

Harrison, J (2006) News, London: Routledge

Hendy, D (2013) Public Service Broadcasting, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Robinson, N (2013) Live From Downing Street, London: Bantam


Useful websites


Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Guardian Media

Ofcom research

Module leader

Ralph Negrine


Teaching methods





Level 1, autumn