What Price Creativity?
What Price Creativity? contains the keynote
address, research reports and papers given at the Manchester
Broadcasting Symposium (renamed the International Broadcasting
Symposium) held at the University of Manchester in April 1997.
The theme of the 1997 symposium was to look at the
convergence of industries such as media, computers and
telecommunications and see how this 'coming together' is likely to have
an impact on what we watch.
At present there are five terrestrial analogue, 30
satellite analogue and about ten original channels on Cable. Soon there
could be 25 Terrestrial digital channels, 500 on satellite digital and
an unlimited number on cable and/or telecoms or even the National Grid.
Is this increase in choice in television a
progressive or regressive step? Is there too much choice? Does the
quality of programmes suffer? How will it be financed?
Sue Ralph is Co-ordinator of the MEd in
Education and the Mass Media and the MEd in Adult and Continuing
Education and Training at the University of Manchester.
Jo Langham Brown is a Senior Research Lecturer
at University College, Warrington and teaches on the European Media MA
at the University of Manchester.
Tim Lees provides support services for media
courses at the University of Manchester and is Administrator of the