320This chapter examines the historical development of the British media and current debates about them. They have long been an important part of British life and include communication systems by which people are informed, educated and entertained. The term has historically referred to the print industries (the press or newspapers, magazines and books) and broadcasting (radio and terrestrial, cable, and satellite television). These systems have overlapped with each other and with other media forms such as film, theatre, records, discs and video. They are profitable businesses and closely connected to advertising, corporate sponsorship, commerce and industry.