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History of Television


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Broadcast Industry Papers

James MacTaggart Memorial Lectures

The MacTaggart Lecture was named after the pioneering and innovative writer, producer and director James MacTaggart. The Lecture by John McGrath, playwright, opened the first Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in 1976 and has fast established itself as a platform for important policy announcements and controversial industry attacks.

The Alternative MacTaggart and Richard Dunn Memorial Lectures

In 1997 the Edinburgh International Television Festival launched the Alt. Mac. Billed as a dynamic 'alternative' to the famous James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, the platform gives a media visionary an opportunity to present an inspirational view of the broadcasting future. The Richard Dunn memorial lecture was inaugurated in 1999 in memory of the respected former chairman of Thames Television. This platform is distinct in its remit to look at the personal business vision, creative strategy and management style of a major TV executive.
(Please visit www.amazon.com to purchase the published series of lectures)

Business and technical papers for the broadcast industry

Drawing on broadcast professionals, conferences and manufacturers, Broadcastpapers.com is a library of the latest ideas in broadcasting technology and business. A totally free resource, Broadcastpapers.com covers areas such as broadcast business, digital and analogue transmission, data services and interactivity, asset management, animation and FX, cameras and lenses, radio, audio and more.

Digital Asset Management - Leveraging Intellectual Property for the Broadcast Industry

Abstract: ‘Television broadcasters, music companies, movie studios, and video game companies spend billions of dollars a year creating and distributing products composed of various combinations of digital or rich media assets. Besides representing a massive dollar investment, digital assets contain the potential for generating even greater ancillary revenue. On the other hand, managing digital assets presents an enormous challenge unless you have the software that can handle it.’

Demographics analysis on the broadcasting industry performed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 2003


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Broadcast Industry — InfoBase and Sourcing websites

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies InfoBase

The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Broadcasters

Primary source for information on the telecoms, Internet and audio-visual media industries in Africa:

Premier sourcing site for the digital video and television industry

Mass media: broadcasting
Types of organizations of broadcasting systems

Media Channel is a media issues super site, featuring criticism, breaking news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations worldwide

PAMBAZUKA NEWS - a weekly electronic newsletter for social change in Africa

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Interactive TV Industry

A Guide to Interactive TV

A Report by the Center for Digital Democracy, 2001
‘TV That Watches You: The Prying Eyes of Interactive Television’

Interactive Television Alliance is an independent trade association representing the broad interests of the entire ITV industry.

Interactive TV Research and News - research papers, PhD theses, journals,
Conferences, textbooks and collection papers

Interactive Television Research Institute

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Organisations Providing Media And Broadcast Information


Ofcom review of public service television broadcasting (Phase 3)

Competition for quality (08.02.06 UK)


UNESCO - Communication and Information Department


The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
It is a major forum in the UN system designed to develop free and pluralistic media with a global approach to democratic development

New Projects Submitted to IPDC: (documents - PDF)
Part 1: Africa (204 pages)
Part 2: Asia and the Pacific (138 pages)
Part 3: Latin America and the Caribbean (78 pages)

Part 4: Arab States (38 pages)

European Audiovisual Observatory

European Audiovisual Observatory is the only centre of its kind to gather and circulate information on the audiovisual industry in Europe. The Observatory is a European public service body with 36 member States and the European Community, represented by the European Commission.

EU — Information Society


Study on the Development of Digital Television in the European Union Study prepared by IDATE for the Commission. (PDFs)
Austria (173 Kb) - Belgium (136 Kb) - Denmark (133 Kb) - Finland (131 Kb) - France (164 Kb) - Germany (219 Kb) - Greece (99 Kb) - Ireland (115 Kb) - Italy (145 Kb) - Luxembourg (70 Kb) - Netherlands (128 Kb) - Portugal (106 Kb) - Spain (142 Kb) - Sweden (163 Kb) - United Kingdom (252 Kb)


ICD Media Assistance Workshop, 2004
‘Broadcasting is the media most accessible and useful to the poor’

The Media in Governance, 2001
The purpose of this guidance paper is to improve the quality and impact of government-media relations and media effectiveness in serving the interests of the poor and the disadvantaged

Article 19

ARTICLE 19 is an international human rights organisation which defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world.
They campaign against the wide-spread use of defamation laws, restrictions on media and pluralism, and censorship to safeguard pluralism and diversity of views.

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