Principles of Regulation
The historical reasons for the regulation of broadcasting are based on a number of principles, which are interdependent and which have been extended to control satellite broadcasting:
- TV has always been seen as a politically important medium —not least as a cypher for social persuasion
- technically, it has been necessary to control frequencies, to avoid interference with other parts of the radio spectrum
- 'new media', ie cable and satellite, have assumed a special importance for reasons of industrial strategy, and thus must be made to fit into policies on employment, exports, etc
- the original link with telecommunications authorities, for licensing ...