The concluding lecture begins with a case study of the BBC as an example of the themes of the course. The lecture begins by exploring the critiques and defences of the BBC’s part in contemporary British culture, before moving to analyse the BBC’s role in urban regeneration and management reform at the BBC. These two discussions link back to the first and second lectures of the course, showing the continued contested nature of culture, space and place, as well as showing the debates around the effects of ‘audit culture’ on the organisation of the BBC. The lecture concludes by asking what kind of citizens are created by both the BBC’s management structures and its use of social scientific survey techniques to understand consumer satisfaction.
Background information, lecture schedules, assignment details and reading lists for Dr O'Brien's 2011-12 module in Contemporary UK Cultural Policy.
Slides from Dr O'Brien's final lecture on contemporary UK cultural policy.
The conclusion to the course is a discussion of Coalition cultural policy. Coalition policy is compared with New Labour’s approach and similarities and differences are suggested. The need to deal with the financial crisis is show to be the dominant frame for Coalition policy, creating the...