Broadcast regulation (part-module)

Duration: No time limit
Fee: please see order form
Tutor support: one hour
Credits: 3

Broadcast regulation is one of the mandatory modules that accompanies 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.

The broadcast journalism specialist option for the diploma is not currently available as a distance learning module, but TV  journalism and Radio journalism modules are in development and will become available in 2022.