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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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Television in a Rapidly Changing World: Content, Platforms and Channels1

Television in a Rapidly Changing World: Content, Platforms and Channels1

(p.191) 24 Television in a Rapidly Changing World: Content, Platforms and Channels1
A Future for Public Service Television
Des Freedman, Vana Goblot
The MIT Press

This chapter argues that despite the proliferation of channels made possible by the new technologies of cable, satellite, and digital compression, the overall impact on established broadcasters has not been as disastrous as sometimes predicted. They have retained their prominence due to regulation that keeps them at the top of electronic programme guides. Although ITV no longer dominates the landscape in the same way, it remains the UK's most watched commercial channel and retains the commercial clout that comes with that. The old broadcasters have also adapted to the new world by developing new ‘families’ of channels. Taking those channels into account, the combined audience share of BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 still represents 72 per cent of the total.

Keywords:   public service broadcasting, public service television, ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, audience share

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