Local Media Ownership

Media organisations are either commercially owned companies of state owned companies. Nowadays, there are more commercially owned companies than state owned companies and they are a lot more popular. Media organisations include broadcast, radio, print and online, and they all have news coverage.

The main, and possibly the only, state owned media company is the BBC. The British Broadcasting Company was established in 1992 and the government introduced TV licences to everyone in the UK. By making everyone who owns a TV pay for a license, it creates a fund for the BBC to run. Many people argue that the TV license should be stopped because BBC isn’t as popular as it used to be, due to all the other media companies there are.

Commercially funded companies are a lot more popular than state owned, because they are more diverse. However, media companies are still regulated by the state through Ofcom and so there are still limitations. ITV and Channel 4 are two of the main publicly owned broadcast companies who often go against the BBC by slating them and ensuring they cover anything that the BBC does wrong. This is likely to be because they think it’s unfair that they have to work hard and carry on running as a business whilst the BBC always have a guaranteed fund.

Personally, I think the TV license should be abolished. This is because more people watch and listen to commercial companies, and retrieve their news from other media platforms instead of the BBC. Therefore, it’s unfair to make the public pay for an unwanted service.


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