Broadcast: ‘Mulville and Fry savage TV’s compliance culture’

14th September 2009

In a report on the Compliance – v- Risk session at the Edinburgh TV Festival execs were reported as backing ”calls by Jan Tomalin, the former Channel 4 lawyer, who now works at the Media Law Consultancy, for broadcasters to push the envelope with compliance instead of habitually erring on the side of caution.”

See also Stephen Fry savages TV box-ticking

Is Compliance Restricting Creativity? A chance to have your say.

12th August 2009

Has compliance become the enemy within?  Many programme makers are claiming overzealous compliance is killing creativity. But is it, and, if so, why now?  For the chance to give your insider’s perspective MGEITF, in partnership with YouGov, have created a short survey asking for your views on compliance issues.  Click here to take the short survey. All responses will need to be submitted by Friday 21 August.

The results will inform the ‘Is Compliance Restricting Creativity?’ session at this year’s MGEITF on Saturday 29 August. Jan Tomalin is a panellist along with Frank Skinner, Jana Bennett, Jimmy Mulville and Ray Snoddy.

Response to Ofcom consultation on ‘Public Information Programming’

8th July 2009

In its consultation on the review of the Broadcasting CodeOfcom asks whether not-for-profit organisations should be permitted to fund programmes about their own activities or interests. These programmes, called ‘Public Information Programming’, would cover subjects in the public interest but could not deal with controversial matters. Currently such programming is not permitted. Media Law Consultancy is happy to make a submission to Ofcom on behalf of any interested clients. Please get in touch by 14th August if you are interested in being involved. The consultation closes on 4th September 2009.

Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

1st July 2009

Jan Tomalin is taking part in this year’s Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival. The session, ‘Risk vs. Compliance’ is on Saturday 29th August at 2.00pm. Other panelists include Frank Skinner, Comedian & Writer and Jana Bennett, Director, BBC Vision. More…

Investigations Fund

22nd June 2009

Jan Tomalin is an adviser to the newly established Investigations Fund; a new fund to encourage a new generation of reporters and support independent journalism involving some of Britain’s most experienced investigative reporters. More at the Investigations Fund and