Part 1: (Thursday) General
Part 2 (Friday): Regional/local broadcasting
Part 3 (Monday): Looking forward to Digital Britain

Many readers are no doubt unable to sleep while we wait for the publication of Digital Britain this week. For now, recently published (from the previous week) is Stephen Carter’s Digital Britain speech at the Westminster Media Forum, which is worth a read. He sets out these points as high-level objectives:

  • Firstly a fresh ambition for digital infrastructure, ensuring that as a country our wireless networks our fixed networks and our radio, digital radio and television networks are sufficient for a modern digital knowledge economy.
  • Secondly that we have a world class protection regime for our creative industries, a regime that seeks to ensure that this country remains a destination of choice for those people involved in the creation of intellectual property.
  • Thirdly that we unashamedly, but clearly rather than being hidebound by history, take a view of what public purposes we believe are essential for public intervention in UK content for UK consumers.
  • Fourthly that we take a universal view of this market rather than an educated and those who can afford it view of this market, to ensure that we get a level of universal participation in the new economy.
  • And fifthly, and in my view perhaps the biggest prize of all for us as both citizens and as taxpayers, is that as a result of those first four objectives we get to a point whereby we can genuinely start writing business plans for the universal delivery of public services through online and digital capabilities, and remove the public sector from where it is at the moment which is trapped between the requirement to provide digital and analogue delivery systems because of the lack of universal participation and take up.

Also last week, Charlie Beckett of LSE went to the Oxford Media Convention, and wryly observed (in a good report with lots of other things too):

A lot of talk here from Secretary of State Andy Burnham onwards about the public and yet the citizen is strangely absent. The Oxford Media Convention is the media community drawing up its annual wishlist and airing its collective angsts.

Well, it might have something to do with charging hundreds of pounds to get in the door (and not streaming or recording the proceedings). Thankfully we have a nice live blog from the Guardian, which is a start. I appreciate that I have some advantages in gaining access to these sort of events as an academic, and also that I have made this complaint before, but for as long as the interesting conversations are happening at expensive, closed events, words about empowering the audience will continue to ring hollow. Anyway, enough about that: more from Beckett here. Adrian Monck has a bit of fun with the PSB topic too.

Let the waiting continue…