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Media Links

There are many direct links here to media websites as well as websites on the media. If the media itself, rather than the information available through it, is your interest - here is where you will find the links. What we give below is just a selection.

For a brief introduction to the UK media try the Christ the King Sixth Form College site - a state Catholic school for students aged 16-19 (similar in function and students to a Liceum) - - click on No 6 Datasoc 2002 and choose Media from the menu for a downloadable word document. They are serious but not too long - designed for sixth-formers doing A-Levels, therefore Liceum level. Many other background articles on social issues are available here too e.g. culture and identity, education, family, work and so on.



Keeping up-to-date

The media is changing so rapidly much of what we are presenting will need updating very quickly - because of success failure, or yet further new developments. The extracts from the FCO booklet in Background Information on the media are very optimistic - check these sites for some critical views and to see if the expectations expressed there actually come true.


The Media Guardian is the Guardian supplement which carries the news on the media each week, and functions as a professional site as well as providing commentary, e.g. including many media job adverts. Among its main headings are Advertising/ Television/ Radio/ Press and publishing/ New media (largely the internet)/ and so on. It also has Monkey for gossip, Jobs, and Special Reports where you can find a series of articles on a particular theme e.g. digital TV, the BBC, tobacco advertising and many others.


There are a series of lectures on the future of the media, TV in the Digital age: towards 2014 by Barry Cox, Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University, which can be found on the Media Guardian - look down the page for the link.


Ofcom the new UK broadcasting regulator which will take over the roles of a number of the other organisations on this page in 2003.


The BBC - to the original Entertain, Educate and Inform it has added Innovate and Enrich, and as the site shows is doing so with a vengeance. A wealth of information not only about itself but on the media in general - though not a critical site. For radio go to - for TV, There is plenty of discussion on the BBC’s plans for the new technologies of digital TV, freeview and interactive TV as well as a huge number of connected websites giving information on very many themes - often programme connected.


To find out how to get the World Service on radio go to, or BBC World on TV Neither however will tell you much about Britain as the BBC sees itself as a global player.


Ukonline see website review. The British government portal - run from the Cabinet Office. Big and complex.  Best for its search engine and will turn up the media links in government departments other than the DCMS below.


General Links

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - this government department is promoting the expansion of the media very strongly, especially in terms of the current media technological and organisational revolutions. For up-to-date news and debate on such as digital broadcasting, press regulation and the law of privacy go to

Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) - this department will be taking over some responsibilities for the media from the DCMS (see above)


The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom a pressure group which usually has a critical view of government policy. Here you will find alternative views to some of those in Background Information.

Index on Censorship a well-established organisation committed to free expression and including of course the mass media. Founded by the poet Stephen Spender, it includes such people as Vaclav Havel, Noam Chomsky, Salman Rushdie, Nadime Gordimer and Umberto Eco.


Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee - a ‘D’ notice from the government means an absolute ban on any publication and is used as an emergency measure e.g. under The Prevention of Terrorism Act. A remarkable amount of government information is permanently ‘classified’ anyway and cannot be published.


Media UK - a starting point for literally hundreds of TV, radio, magazine and newspaper websites. In addition to giving the website it also turns up recent news items on that particular media company so you can get outside interpretations. See website review .



  • Reuters - a long-established news agency supplying many media outlets
  • The Arts Council - the government body that oversees spending on the arts
  • National Museum of Photography Film & TV based in Bradford, Yorks
  • Press Complaints Commission
  • Broadcasting Standards Commission for complaints about TV and radio



  • European Institute for the Media
  • The European Broadcasting Union


Media Conglomerates

All kinds of media are found gathered together today in single large companies - there are few independent companies of any size. They are very large businesses, dedicated to profit, increasingly global and often referred to as Empires. They have enormous influence.


News Corporation, famous for its proprietor Rupert Murdoch (unusual in this rather anonymous world), boasts of being the biggest. You will know of its products even if you did not know News Corporation was the owner. In books: HarperCollins a big publisher apart from its well-known dictionaries; in film: 20th Century Fox, in TV: Sky television; in the press: The Times, The Sun and the News of the World



The Media Guardian for up-to-date news and longer articles

·         BBC including the new UK channels and discussion of digital plans
·          ITN the supplier of news programmes to the ITV network

·         Independent Television Commission to find about the allocation of TV licences including UK regional commercial TV companies + cable and satellite and digital TV

·         BSkyB

Media UK with links to 241 UK TV channel sites

British Academy of Film and Television the BAFTA awards are the UK equivalent of the Grammy and the Oscar.


For TV ratings some idea can be got from the Media Guardian - look down the page



The Media Guardian for up-to-date news and longer articles

  • BBC including the new UK stations and discussion of digital plans - download BBC Radio Player for live and recorded radio.
  • Capital Radio London’s biggest independent radio station
·         London Radio Service a supplier of radio news
  • IRN - supplier of news to independent radio stations
·         Radio Authority - for finding out about licensing radio stations,


Media UK with links to 499 UK radio stations


Ethnic media

The Commission for Racial Equality publishes an extensive list of media sites from the different ethnic groups in the UK - and not only in English - try Arabic, Punjabi, Turkish and Chinese



The Media Guardian for up-to-date news and longer articles

  • Internet Magazine
  • NTL - Britain’s biggest broadband company



Though it later diminished in importance with the rise of TV, in the earlier part of the 20th c hugely influential through Newsreels, and to an extent Documentaries too. Today largely confined to entertainment.


The Film Guardian for up-to-date news and longer articles on the industry - not just reviews. There are a number of Special Reports (including one on Censorship) bringing together a wide variety of articles - go to the bottom of the page to find them.

  • British Film Commission - concerned with film production in the UK

British Academy of Film and Television the BAFTA awards are the UK equivalent of the Grammy and the Oscar.



In the past a significant medium for debate with pamphleteering being widely used to disseminate ideas. Less so recently, though until the 70s Penguin Specials, controversial books, usually on controversial themes, by often controversial authors, were still widely read. Today book publishing is largely absorbed in more general media empires. Surviving as an independent publisher is not easy.


An example of the new publishing conglomerates is:

  • Pearson plc who own Penguin, Ladybird (a UK children’s publisher), Prentice Hall (a major American academic publisher), Longman the well-known publisher of ELT books, but only one part of a much bigger education empire, and Dorling Kindersley among others. These former company names have now simply become brands. They boast they are ‘the world’s leading educational company’, and also publish the Financial Times …



The Media Guardian for up-to-date news and longer articles


Polish equivalent sites

For a site giving a large number of links to the Polish media see Onet where you should be able to find what you want from 550 national, regional, and local press titles, 350 radio and TV stations, and internet magazines


Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji the national regulatory body, also with information about public and private broadcasters.


Polskie Radio a wide ranging site on many themes, and on which can be found the Informacyjna Agencja Radiowa

Centrum Monitoringu i Wolnoœci Prasy

Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Polskich

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