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Broadcasting Act 1990

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Amy Reid

on 28 January 2014

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Broadcasting Act 1990
What is it?
This is a law that was passed by UK parliament to create a legal framework on the electronic communication.

The act contains a provision on the regulation of independent television, sound programme and other services provided by TV and radio frequencies.
An effect of this Act was that:
in the letter of the law, the television or radio companies rather than the regulator became the broadcasters, as had been the case in the early (1900-1964) era of the Independent Television Authority when it had fewer regulatory powers than it would later assume.
What did it change?
The Act went through Parliament despite opposition from much of the Labour Party and from some members of the Conservative Party, who saw it as representative of a decline in standards, and saw it as an unwelcome Americanisation.

Douglas Hurd criticised the Act's after-effects, describing it as "one of the less successful reforms of those years".
Television Act
In the Television Act, it allowed Channel 5 to be created and it was the growth of satellite television.
The BBC is also obliged to source at least 25% of it's output from independent companies.

An example is that BBC bought the rights of The Voice from an independent company being, Endemol "John De Mol's" company

Radio Act
This act allowed the launch of the three independent national radio stations: two of them being the medium waves that were used by the BBC and the other one on FM used by the emergency services

The act set out lots of plans to create more local and regional radio stations and it had plans for expanding community radio but they were only really developed in the 2000's
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We would have less channels and programmes on our Television and Radio

The Broadcasting Act 1990 in UK law marked the establishment of two licensing authorities - the Radio Authority and the Independent Television Commission - to facilitate the licensing of non-BBC broadcast services, especially short-term broadcasts.
sky wouldn't be around if the Broadcasting Act in 1990 never happened.
It doesn't affect us right now, but later in life if either of us have a companies, the BBC may broadcast our made programmes.

How will this help/affect my work?
Amy Reid / Charlie Tottle
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