Media Industry Organisations in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Media Industry Organisations


Audit Bureau of Circulation; provides independent information and statistics on newspapers, magazines and periodicals.

Advertising Standards Authority

Ensures that all advertising meets the standards in the UK's advertising codes. Presents details of how to complain about an advert, plus information on the codes and adjudications, as well as educational resources.

The Association for Television On-Demand (ATVOD)

Independent co-regulator (with Ofcom) for the editorial content of video on demand services. Includes details of their complaints procedure, with background information.

Association of Online Publishers

Industry body representing digital publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. Includes digital showcase, events, news and research section.

British Board of Film Classification

Independent regulator of the film and video industry in the UK. Details the board's structure and remit, with news and detailed index of recent classification decisions.

BSME - British Society of Magazine Editors

A national organisation; includes details of membership, awards and events, news, a blog, and contacts.

Commonwealth Broadcasting Association

Provides assistance and training with the aim of furthering public service broadcast across commonwealth countries. Features member directory, international programme bank and details of awards.

Hospital Broadcasting Association

National charity presents information about hospital broadcasting in the UK, including sections for those working in this area and for the general public. Also features a directory of over 200 member stations, with their programme schedules and contact details.

Joint Industry Committee for Web Standard

Focuses on standards for measuring audience reach and activity levels in all forms of electronic media.

Media Standards Trust

Independent registered charity that fosters quality, transparency and accountability in news. Home to the Churnalism project, which aims to raise public awareness about the amount of PR (public relations) material in the press.


Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, covering television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services; includes their structure and role, and advice section for consumers.

Ofcom Consumer Panel

Research and policy advisory body on consumer interests in telecommunications, broadcasting and spectrum markets. Includes reports, press releases, consultation responses and news.

One World Broadcasting Trust

Aims to increase global understanding through effective use of the media. Offers details of the organisation's awards, bursaries and fellowship scheme, plus newsletter and donation information.

Press Association

Home to the national news agency of the UK and Ireland, providing wire service along with digital, video and image content.

Press Complaints Commission

Independent body which deals with complaints from members of the public about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines. Includes the code of practice, case news, FAQs and details of how to complain.


The Safe Home Ordering Protection Scheme protects the consumer when buying directly from advertisements and catalogues inserted in national newspapers. Includes advice and information for both consumers and advertisers.

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