Thanks Dave

Although the conversation on Sept 11th  was closed, I don't think people's submissions to the consultation were meant to be. Can I ask members of the network who've submitted responses to circulate them, if they think doing so is appropriate?

thanks

Máire


Máire Messenger Davies, PhD, FRSA (Professor)
Director, Centre for Media Research,
School of Media, Film and Journalism
University of Ulster
Cromore Rd, Coleraine BT52 1SA
Telephone: +44(0)28324069
www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/media/cmr.html
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-----Original Message-----
From: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) - Policy Network on behalf of Dave Rushton
Sent: Sun 20/09/2009 4:35 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [MECCSA-POLICY] DCMS survey of public opinion (post MeCCSA/DCMS Briefing Mtg)

Maire

In light of the concern at the possibly closed character of the 
MECCSA/DCMS conversation, there might be some interest in the 
attached response to DCMS on the IFNC proposals from a substantial 
interest in this matter from Scotland.

?


Dave



On 20 Sep 2009, at 16:04, Messenger Davies Maire wrote:

> Dear colleagues - the Policy network as a whole may be interested 
> in the  exchanges below between members who'd been involved in the 
> briefing meeting with officials from the DCMS held on September 
> 11th. A report on this will appear in the next newsletter - the 
> meeting was held under Chatham House Rules, so the report is brief 
> and factual, but those who attended thought it was a useful meeting.
>
> Steve Barnett (see below) has summarised his thoughts on public 
> opinion re topslicing the BBC license fee in an article in Guardian 
> Media online. See
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2009/sep/17/government-
> bbc-topslicing-survey
>
> I was delighted to see that as an illustration to his argument, 
> Steve included a You Tube clip from Yes Prime Minister about 
> questionnaire construction. I've used this clip many times over the 
> years in teaching research methods.
>
> Hope all had a good summer
>
> best
>
> Máire
>
>
>
>
> Máire Messenger Davies, PhD, FRSA (Professor)
> Director, Centre for Media Research,
> School of Media, Film and Journalism
> University of Ulster
> Cromore Rd, Coleraine BT52 1SA
> Telephone: +44(0)28324069
> www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/media/cmr.html
> http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335229204.html
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Barnett [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thu 17/09/2009 11:40 PM
> To: Messenger Davies Maire; Sylvia Harvey; [log in to unmask]
> Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> Ivor Gaber; Carole Tongue
> Subject: RE: DCMS survey of public opinion (post MeCCSA/DCMS 
> Briefing Mtg)
>
> I have no objection, if you think others will want to read it. I 
> was sufficiently cross to write a piece for mediaguardian's website 
> which may (or may not) go up tomorrow.
>
>
>
> Steve.
>
>
>
>
> Prof Steven Barnett
>
> Professor of Communications
>
> University of Westminster
>
> Watford Road,
>
> Harrow, Middx
>
> HA1 3TP
>
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> ________________________________
>
> From: Messenger Davies Maire [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 17 September 2009 22:39
> To: Sylvia Harvey; [log in to unmask]; Steven Barnett
> Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]; Ivor 
> Gaber; Carole Tongue
> Subject: RE: DCMS survey of public opinion (post MeCCSA/DCMS 
> Briefing Mtg)
>
>
>
> Dear all - given the currency and seriousness of these issues - can 
> this discussion be circulated to the whole Policy list? At the 
> moment it's only going to the participants of the DCMS group - but 
> there are certainly others in the network who would be interested 
> in these issues.
>
> best
>
> Máire
>
> Máire Messenger Davies, PhD, FRSA (Professor)
> Director, Centre for Media Research,
> School of Media, Film and Journalism
> University of Ulster
> Cromore Rd, Coleraine BT52 1SA
> Telephone: +44(0)28324069
> www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/media/cmr.html
> http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335229204.html
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sylvia Harvey [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thu 17/09/2009 10:37 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]; Steven Barnett
> Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; Ivor Gaber; Carole Tongue
> Subject: RE: DCMS survey of public opinion (post MeCCSA/DCMS 
> Briefing Mtg)
>
> Dear All,
> regarding the DCMS data published yesterday, I agree entirely with 
> Steve's comments on tendentious questionnaire design and note the 
> 'coincidence' that these research results were released on the same 
> day as the major speech given by the Secretary of State to the RTS 
> Cambridge Convention. However here are a few possibly interesting 
> related points:
>
> 1. The speech also refers to the possibility of ending the 
> prohibition on product placement on commercial channels in 2010. 
> This would be a new regulatory asset that could be used to require 
> ITV to reinvest in regional news; and it could obviate the need to 
> use Licence Fee money...(what have ITV actually offered in return?)
> 2. The first part of the DCMS/BRMB questionaire gives clear 
> evidence of how little is generally understood about how BBC 
> services are funded. Asked 'which services do you think the money 
> from the licence fee pays for?'
> - 42% were unaware that the LF pays for BBC radio (how do they 
> think it is funded?)
> - 50% were unaware that the LF pays for BBC Online/bbc.co.uk
>
> In case of interest you might want to check in the next few days on 
> the websites of the VLV (www.vlv.org.uk )
> and the Citizens' Coalition for Public Service Broadcasting 
> (www.publicservicebroadcasting.org.uk ) to see if their final or 
> draft submissions are available there.
> best wishes, Sylvia
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: Natalie Fenton [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thu 17/09/2009 10:37
> To: Steven Barnett
> Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
> [log in to unmask]; Ivor Gaber; Carole Tongue
> Subject: Re: DCMS survey of public opinion
>
>
>
> Thanks Steve - this is very helpful. We are just pulling together our
> response now and will certainly refer to this!
> Natalie
>
> Natalie Fenton
> Department of Media and Communications
> Goldsmiths College
> University of London
> New Cross
> London SE14 6NW
> Tel: +44(0)20 79197620
> http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/departments/media-communications/
> index.html
>
> On Thu, September 17, 2009 10:11 am, Steven Barnett wrote:
> > I know some of you have already responded to Digital Britain, but I
> > wanted to draw everyone's attention to the distorted study of public
> > opinion which DCMS have just published. I thoroughly recommend it 
> as a
> > teaching case study on getting the answer you want through judicious
> > questionnaire design. The report, full questionnaire and 
> technical report
> > from the research company BMRB can be found here:
> >
> > http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/
> research_and_statistics/6344
> > .aspx
> >
> >
> >
> > In his RTS speech last night Ben Bradshaw said that "two thirds 
> of those
> > questioned supported our idea of using the equivalent fraction of 
> the
> > licence fee that's currently ring-finced for switchover to secure 
> plural
> > regional news for the future". That is quite true - after 
> interviewees had
> > first been thoroughly primed that some of the licence fee was 
> already
> > being used for digital switchover, after they had been asked several
> > questions about news consumption and about their views on 
> plurality in
> > local news, and after they had been told that ITV can't afford it!
> >
> > I particularly like the bit in the technical report which made sure,
> > after piloting the questionnaire, that there was absolutely no 
> doubt in
> > respondents' minds: "It is recommended that the second 
> information text
> > box refers back to the portion of the licence fee that had been 
> used for
> > digital switchover, and that could potentially be used for 
> regional and
> > local news on other channels".
> >
> > The questionnaire does not mention that the switchover element 
> provides
> > no money for programmes on competitor channels, no suggestion 
> that other
> > funding options are available, no alternatives for use of that money
> > beyond regional news, and no option for the licence fee to be 
> reduced.
> >
> > It is at best disingenuous, at worst dishonest. Those who are yet to
> > respond may want to refer to it.
> >
> > Steve
> >
> >
> >
> > P.S. Having learned the skills of good market and social research at
> > BMRB early in my career, I don't think they are at fault. The 
> problem is
> > with the organ grinder, not the monkey.
> >
> >
> >
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