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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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Principles of Public Service for the 21st Century1

Principles of Public Service for the 21st Century1

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(p.130) 13 Principles of Public Service for the 21st Century1
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Georgina Born

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0015

At the core of previous normative frameworks for public service broadcasting are four interrelated concepts: independence, universality, citizenship, and quality. As yet, these norms have not evolved to meet the challenges posed by digital platforms as well as the increasing cultural diversity and stubborn inequalities of modern Britain. This chapter argues that the principles of public service media (PSM), as opposed to public service broadcasting, have not diminished but expanded in the digital era. It explores these principles in relation to PSM as a whole, but particularly focuses on the crucial role in delivering public service played by the BBC and Channel 4 both now and in the future.

Keywords:   public service television, BBC, Channel 4, independence, universality, citizenship, public service media

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