The British Media in a Global Era discusses on the historical, political economic and cultural aspects of the media in Britain. Focusing on the national media landscape, the development and role of the British media is examined within a European and international context. The British Media in a Global Era explains the complex patterns of transnational ownership of British media and examines important aspects of media policy contextualised within internationally observed trends, such as censorship, freedom of expression and right to reply. It introduces students to current debates on regulation, the changing nature of the Public Service Broadcasting system and the commercialisation of ‘new media’. It also addresses two largely neglected areas: the role of the public in the communication process and the role of non-mainstream or ‘alternative’ media in Britain. Written in an accessible manner, this is a vital introduction to the British media for all Media Studies students.