Continued from part 1. Thanks again to Victoria for hunting out these books and journals.
The Annan Committee on the future of broadcasting was set up in 1974, chaired by Lord Annan and including Hilde Himmelweit, professor of social psychology at LSE, amongst its members. Its remit was wide, taking in the whole broadcasting industry, including new technologies and their funding, the role and funding of the BBC and IBA, and programme standards.
The Committee reported in February 1977, recommending (amongst other things) BBC funding by Licence Fee, a fourth independent television channel, the establishment of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and an increase in independent production.
Trade publications such as ‘Television and Radio’ (the Independent Broadcasting Authority’s yearbook) and ‘Airwaves’ (the IBA’s quarterly journal) document the industry’s response to the Annan Committee’s report and the changing face of TV through the late 1970s and 1980s - new programmes and series, the launch of Channel 4 (the ‘friendly and approachable’ face of TV) and the development of cable and satellite channels – as well as its reaction to ongoing concerns about political bias and the levels of sex and violence on screen.
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