During the CATS session on Wednesday, I was given the task of looking into ideas for my third year dissertation. This has been a process that has made me focus on where I want my research to take me over the next few months.
Here I have outlined my ideas for potential subjects.
- The BBC is in a privileged position where it is funded by the licence fee for its TV, Radio and Online offer. What changes can be made to the corporation to make it fit for the 21st Century?
- Print newspaper sales are declining as more people are accessing their news online. What can legacy products do to survive in an ever-changing marketplace?
- TV and radio audiences are changing, how can an ever expanding number of outlets compete for an audience?
The BBC is in a privileged position where it is funded by the licence fee for its TV, Radio and Online offer. What changes can be made to the corporation to make it fit for the 21st Century?
- BBC is having to make cost savings across its entire output.
- TV channels are going online, BBC Three already gone, rumours of BBC News Channel to close, shrinking audiences for local radio.
- Sports coverage gone from regular coverage to more niche sports, or paying over the odds for football.
- Impact of participation of sports as less sport seen on free to air television.
- Licence fee – will this be abolished in favour of advertising/subscription?
- Radio stations merging to cover larger areas, or simulcasting to save money?
- What do other countries do? Do they have a huge national Public broadcaster?
- Would people fund a higher licence fee? Do they know what they actually get for their money?
- If News channel closes, what are the implications of journalists who are in the four corners of the world?
- Will TV news go back to just 1, 6 and 10pm?
- Impact of Five Live potentially merging with BBC Local Radio
Print newspaper sales are declining as more people are accessing their news online. What can legacy products do to survive in an ever-changing marketplace?
- Adverts to fund newspaper websites – people hate them, but they pay for the online offer.
- Will people be willing to pay a higher price for a print version?
- Online apps to offer the same copy as print? Metro/Mirror already do this.
- Why did paywalls not work for the biggest selling daily newspaper, The Sun.
- Will more newspapers close? Independent going, Johnston Press putting 59 newspapers on alert for costs savings or closure?
- Bloggers? Can legacy papers tap into hyperlocal websites? Content or journalists?
- Newspapers – more untrained journalists?
- Legal issues, with smaller numbers of staff being stretched, dangers of legal issues with stories.
- When is enough enough? Independent ran at a loss for years, Guardian has multi million pound losses year on year.
- Will local newspapers cease to exist?
- As the population ages, can anything be done to reverse the decline?
- People with slow broadband speeds – particularly rural areas – may struggle to access news where local newspapers are closing/closed.
TV and radio audiences are changing, how can an ever-expanding number of outlets compete for an audience?
- More channels pitching for the same audience.
- Increased fees for TV packages, Sky, Virgin, Talk Talk, BT.
- How will the likes of Freeview and Freesat compete when they don’t receive any extra money from the viewers?
- Will good quality investigative journalism be lost to a minority channel, whereas it used to be shown on the major channels, BBC/ITV/C4?
- How we access TV/Radio has changed, will the people be less informed?
- Impact of music streaming services – No news output
- Stories that may have been covered previously, will they be lost as audiences find alternative news or not at all?
- What impact will media ownership have as to journalistic output?
- 21 news channels on Sky, but only 4 on Freeview, does this mean that poorer people will not be able to access as much news?