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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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Diversity: Reflection and Review

Diversity: Reflection and Review

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A Future for Public Service Television

Sarita Malik

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on what the report A Future For Public Service Television says about ‘diversity’ and considers more broadly the utility of public service television (PST) diversity policy in direct relation to its role in mediating lived multiculture. The report states that issues of diversity ‘based on the recognition that the population consists of multiple and overlapping sets of minorities’ are central to the relevance and legitimacy of any public service media system. Problematically, PST is implicated in the social processes of exclusion that are enacted more widely across the creative sector, revealing a deep correlation between social and cultural inequality. The chapter also briefly examines how ‘diversity’ is operationalized within these contexts and look at its potential efficacy in producing a less unequal, more diverse public service media culture as part of a functioning public sphere.

Keywords:   public service television, PST, diversity policy, multiculture, exclusion, social inequality

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