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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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Back to the Future: The Uses of Television in the Digital Age

Back to the Future: The Uses of Television in the Digital Age

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A Future for Public Service Television

Michael Bailey

The MIT Press

This chapter considers the relevance of the Pilkington report on broadcasting published in 1962. Apart from being the first committee of inquiry into television, Pilkington was one of the defining moments in the distinguished career of the best-known committee member, the late Richard Hoggart. The criticisms of free-market liberalism and light-touch regulation are as relevant today as they were fifty-odd years ago insofar as they still represent a cogent engagement with the idea of public service broadcasting as a primary facilitator of an educated and deliberative democracy. To quote Hoggart (writing shortly before his death), ‘the arrival of broadcasting in the last century offered the greatest opportunity to create a clear democratic means of communication, one harnessed neither to the profit-making wagon nor to political power’.

Keywords:   public service television, public service broadcasting, Lord Puttnam, Pilkington report, Richard Hoggart, liberalism, broadcast regulation, democracy

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