A stimulating treatment of an area of public life which is a subject of continuing debate and controversy. This volume covers the years in which ITV faced more challenges than at any time in its history and its regulator, the IBA, was subject to political pressures so extreme that they brought about its abolition and rebirth as the Independent Television Commission. The book gives detailed accounts, based on documents not previously available and interviews with over sixty senior figures in the industry, of the changes and controversies of the period. Highlights include: the conflict with government over the programme Death on the Rock , the battle with the BBC for possession of the rights to Dallas , the financial crisis at ITN, the impact of the Peacock Committee Report and the 1990 White Paper on Broadcasting, as well as detailed accounts of the broadcasters' and the regulator's battle with the government over the Broadcasting Bill and the subsequent 'auction' of ITV licences.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 556
Weight: 1257 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 39 mm
'...a sound and well-documented account of what was the most fraught and perhaps the most critical decade in the continuing story of Independent Television so far.' - Sir Denis Forman, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'...this is an important, indeed, essential book for anyone interested in the development of the sometimes bizarre British broadcasting system.' - Times