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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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Everything for Someone: For an Inclusive Definition of Public Service Broadcasting

Everything for Someone: For an Inclusive Definition of Public Service Broadcasting

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(p.161) 18 Everything for Someone: For an Inclusive Definition of Public Service Broadcasting
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Brett Mills

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0020

This chapter considers the issue of universality in public service broadcasting (PSB). Definitions of PSB throughout the world — typically drawing on the UK, Reithian model — insist that PSB can only function if services are universal. This is conventionally understood as being in terms of access; that all citizens have a right to the material and services offered by PSB, primarily because all citizens should have equal access to public services. But universality should not be understood solely in terms of access. It must also be considered in terms of content. A universal PSB enables all citizens to see their lives reflected and valued within content, and this is only possible if PSB encompasses as wide a range of genres and programming as possible. However, despite claims to universality, discourses within which debates about PSB function often hierarchise different kinds of PSB provision.

Keywords:   public service television, public service broadcasting, universality, public services, access, content

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