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A Future for Public Service Television$
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Des Freedman and Vana Goblot

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906897710

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.001.0001

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A Future for Public Service Television

Lord Puttnam

The MIT Press

To instruct democracy, if possible to reanimate its beliefs … such is the first duty imposed on those who would guide society.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1863)

If the past few years have taught me anything, it’s that our need for trusted sources of information, comprised of tolerant balanced opinion, based on the very best available evidence, has never been greater. In an era of fake news, alternative facts and online trolls our public service broadcasters (PSBs) stand as guarantors of accurate, informed and impartial information....

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