Broadcast regulation (part-module)

Duration: No time limit
Fee: £75 + VAT
Tutor support: one hour

Broadcast regulation is one of the elements of the broadcast journalism specialist option in the Diploma in Journalism qualification. The distance learning course builds on the introduction to regulation in the essential media law and regulation syllabus.

Many of the problems and dilemmas journalists will encounter in their work beyond the scope of the familiar legislation covering areas such as defamation or contempt of court. These questions are instead dealt with by regulation, which in the case of broadcasting means the code produced by Ofcom.

The code details the requirements on broadcasters in areas such as protecting young people, the importance of the watershed on TV, and the harm and offence which can be caused by, for example, swearing in TV programmes. You will also learn more about the requirement to demonstrate impartiality and the extra responsibilities placed on broadcasters when covering elections.

Candidates are required to sit a one hour exam which presents them with a series of newsroom scenarios and asks them to use their knowledge of the relevant regulations to outline how they would deal with the issues raised.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the Ofcom Code
  • Guidance in identifying and analysing regulatory issues
  • Section-by-section guide to the Ofcom code
  • Recognising the dangers in preparing and presenting broadcast news reports and features
  • Guide to relevant Ofcom adjudications
  • Penalties and sanctions for breaching the Ofcom code

An NCTJ certificate will be awarded for the successful completion of this element of the module. Please visit the NCTJ online shop to purchase.

Please note the broadcast regulation distance learning module will not count towards the Diploma in Journalism qualification as a specialist option. No credits are awarded for this subject.

Broadcast journalism specialist option for the diploma is not available as a distance learning module.