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Regulation of BBC Radio

Livingstone and Lunt

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As a result of being produced by the BBC, LNWH offers audiences content that actively demonstrates a PSB oriented ethos with an accompanying commitment to offer impartiality and quality programming. LNWH adheres to strict editorial codes to ensure content accuracy is maintained and that wider moral issues aren't infringed. In this sense, we might argue that the show voluntarily affects a citizen oriented regulatory code. 

This commitment is best exemplified via the show's use of high calibre contributors, with guests largely invited who have an established journalistic pedigree. The presence of Yomi Adegoke, a Guardian journalist and author of Slay in Your Lane, in the episode we analysed provides an excellent example of this


Stands for public service broadcaster. PSB's create programming that seeks entertain/inform and educate.

Media terminology used

Citizen based regulation

A regulatory systems that outline a civic role for the media - encouraging media producers to make content that contributes to social and cultural health of the societies in which they operate. This might be achieved by setting quotas for certain types of programming or by closely monitoring content to ensure that it doesn't cause harm or offense.


A consumer-oriented regulatory system relies upon media regulators to control their own output in the absence of strict government controls.

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