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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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Pressures on Public Service Media: Insights from a Comparative Analysis of 12 Democracies

Pressures on Public Service Media: Insights from a Comparative Analysis of 12 Democracies

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(p.75) 7 Pressures on Public Service Media: Insights from a Comparative Analysis of 12 Democracies
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Matthew Powers

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0009

This chapter identifies three key pressures experienced by contemporary public service media. The first is funding, which pertains to debates about whether public service media should continue receiving public funds, and if so, how much and through what means they should receive it. The second is oversight, which details legal and administrative measures that threaten the independence of public service media or make it difficult for them to fulfil their civic obligations. The third is audiences, which highlights competitive pressures on public service media to cater to audiences, especially socio-demographically elite ones, rather than serve the needs of a broad, diverse population. In each domain, the public service media best equipped to deal with these pressures are those that deepen, rather than depart from, long-standing public service principles.

Keywords:   public services media, public services television, public services broadcasting, public funds, oversight, audiences

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