Media Reform Coalition

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We campaign for a more democratic & accountable media, where diversity, public interest & ethical journalism come before the private gain of a few media moguls.

  The government’s recent White Paper on the future of the broadcasting sector represents a concerted ideological attack on public service media in the UK. Today, MRC has published a policy briefing on their proposed reforms. Our headline findings are: The proposed revisions to the remit and r...
Natalie Fenton Lurking in this week’s Queen’s Speech were five bills that could impact upon news organisations and journalists: the draft Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill; the Online Safety Bill; the Media Bill; the Data Reform Bill and the National Security Bill. Over the comin...

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Media News Round-Up: May 8th

  Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every week. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and relevant content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest: “Evil...
The government has published its broadcasting white paper, Up Next: the government’s vision for the broadcasting sector. The white paper touches on many different issues from content regulation of streaming services, to BBC funding, the prominence of and obligation on public service broadcasters, a...
The Media Reform Coalition is today publishing a Briefing that includes a summary of the historical context and key debates concerning the government’s Online Safety Bill ahead of its second reading in Spring 2022. The analysis draws on the UK Media Influence Matrix report, exploring the impact of...
By Eliz Mizon #MDF22 was an uplifting, thought-provoking, and urgent gathering of some of the UK’s leading media experts and citizens who understand the need to revitalise the media, a system that underpins our ability to understand all others. We kicked off with five days of international livestre...
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee put out a call for evidence looking at a sustainable future for local journalism. This is a summary of the MRC submission, which you can read in full here. The Media Reform Coalition has been researching the crisis in local news, and campaigning for s...
  Last weekend the Media Reform Coalition welcomed former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to deliver the keynote at the annual Media Democracy Festival in London. Below are the opening remarks from our chair Tom Mills welcoming John and kicking off the festival. Our huge thanks to John for jo...
Most local newspapers in the UK are owned by a small handful of companies – and this concentration has just got worse. On March 18, Newsquest announced it was buying out Archant, and will be taking over its 74 local news titles. In light of these developments, MRC have updated the ownership figures...

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Petition for a People’s BBC

The Media Reform Coalition has launched a petition for a People’s BBC – sign here! The BBC is under attack. A decade of funding cuts, increasing government interference and commercial pressures are making it less and less able fulfil its public mission. We urgently need a BBC that can h...
Our free yearly Media Democracy Festival has already started, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to get involved and watch important discussions on a wide range of topics! The Media Democracy Festival kicked off on Monday 21st March with Framing the Climate Emergency, which was an interestin...
  The House of Lords Communications Committee set up an inquiry on BBC funding earlier this year. This is a summary of the MRC submission which you can read in full here. The future broadcasting landscape is likely to see a continuation of the trends of the past decade, which together pose maj...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every week. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. New Nation...

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MRC Weekly Digest – 4th Jan 2022

Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. NYT Tech...
This briefing, produced for the UK Media Influence Matrix, provides a summary of the government’s recent proposals for the licence fee, assesses its motivations and consequences, and identifies some potential action points including: Launching a petition declaring the public’s willingness to pay fo...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. BBC Arab...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday.   For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.    For now, here’s your media news di...

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A Media Policy Agenda for 2022

We have just produced a short briefing document that provides an overview of critical debates currently taking place in UK media policy. Each of these issues involves serious policy failures, corporate abuses of power or underlying structural crises that threaten the ability of media organisations...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. The Sun’...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. Our ‘Med...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. Don’t Fo...
The Media Reform Coalition, in conjunction with the Centre for Media, Data and Society at Central European University, has just published a comprehensive, 250+ page report evaluating the regulation, governance, funding and ownership of the UK media. It is an essential tool for anyone trying both to...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. Don’t Fo...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. Our Man...

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Manifesto for a People’s Media

The 2020s are set to be a decade of huge challenges, and much of the UK’s media is unable to support the transformations we need. We urgently need media which is owned by us, accountable to us, where we all get to play a part in creating it: we need to build a media commons. What this could m...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture. For now, here’s your media news digest. YouTube p...
Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, the latest media reform campaigns, and intriguing content from around the web, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here’s your media news digest. HackedOf...
Global tech giants and British media players are fighting tooth and nail to access market resources. The result of this struggle will make or break journalism in the UK. This is the conclusion of ‘Technology, public sphere and journalism’ – the final chapter of the UK Media Influ...

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BBC and Beyond Town Hall events

Upcoming Events Scottish media, for everyone? - 6pm BST, Monday 28 June   Reimagining Public Service Media in Wales - 11am BST, Thursday July 1st Can public media be antiracist? - 6pm BST, Weds July 14th Past events   "The nation's quarrel with itself": public media and constit...

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MRC Weekly Digest - 11th June 2021

Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, plus the latest campaigns, content, and UK media jobs, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here's your media news digest! Safety of Journalists: Call For...

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MRC Weekly Digest - 4th June 2021

Hi everyone, Eliz Mizon here with the Media Reform Coalition blog every Friday. For even more media news and analysis, plus the latest campaigns, content, and UK media jobs, follow me at Chompsky: Power and Pop Culture.  For now, here's your media news digest! The BBC and Beyond campaign is...