Media institutions

1. 5 areas of the media and one leading profit making company for each sector.

Film- Warner Bros.

Television- Sky

Radio- BBC

Music- Sony

Magazines- Time

2. Name two independent record labels.

Holy roar

Hairy Wolf Records

3. Why is some music downloading legal and some illegal?

Paying for a music download is not illegal. Some artists can decide to make there music available free of charge, at websites such as Bandcamp groups or solo artists can upload their music and make it available for free download- this would most frequently happen with bands just starting out like this one – LINK lines across maps, or perhaps for any other organisation not focused or based on profit making.

4. Who owns the British Board of Film Classification?

Currently, the president of the BBFC is Sir Quentin Thomas and the current director is David Cook

5. Name three organisations that own British newspapers.

News Corporation – owns The Times

Trinity Mirror – owns The People and The Sunday Mirror

The Independent Media and Newspaper Company – owns The Independent.

6. Why does the BBC have no adverts?

The BBC is not permitted to carry advertising or sponsorship on its public services. This keeps them independent of commercial interests and ensures that they can be run instead to serve the general public interest. If the BBC sold airtime either wholly or partially, advertisers and other commercial pressures would dictate its programme and schedule priorities. There would also be far less revenue for other broadcasters.

7. What is OFCOM?

Ofcom is the communications regulator. Theyregulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms and mobiles, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.

Our main legal duties are to ensure:

  • the UK has a wide range of electronic communications services, including high-speed services such as broadband;
  • a wide range of high-quality television and radio programmes are provided, appealing to a range of tastes and interests;
  • television and radio services are provided by a range of different organisations;
  • people who watch television and listen to the radio are protected from harmful or offensive material;
  • people are protected from being treated unfairly in television and radio programmes, and from having their privacy invaded; and
  • the radio spectrum (the airwaves used by everyone from taxi firms and boat owners, to mobile-phone companies and broadcasters) is used in the most effective way.

We are not responsible for regulating:

  • disputes between you and your telecoms provider;
  • premium-rate services, including mobile-phone text services and ringtones;
  • the content of television and radio adverts;
  • complaints about accuracy in BBC programmes;
  • the BBC TV licence fee; or
  • newspapers and magazines.

8. What is MP4?

MP4 offers different forms of media, in comparison to MP3 (being music based completely), an MP4 player offers video, images, and apps in addition to the generic MP3 player; offering only music.

9. Why does the sound regularly disappear on the live Big Brother feed?

During the “live” Big Brother feed the sound goes because of censorship; if the conversation between house mates involve brand names or family members it will be blanked out. Although the housemates have waived their rights to privacy, their family have not. A 5 minute delay stands between the editors at channel 4 and us, the viewer to enable them to stay ahead of the game and also save any “juicey” footage for the evening shows and adverts.

10. Who owns channel 5?

Northern and shell are the owners of channel 5 the man behind which, is Richard Desmond.

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