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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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Public Service Broadcasting as a Digital Commons

Public Service Broadcasting as a Digital Commons

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(p.214) 27 Public Service Broadcasting as a Digital Commons
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Graham Murdock

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0029

This chapter argues that despite a communications environment increasingly organized around digital networks, there is a compelling case for extending the BBC's public service remit. There are three reasons for this. Firstly, successive cuts to public expenditure have seen a major contraction in the public information and cultural facilities previously available in local communities. These cuts render the maintenance of public service broadcasting as a comprehensive cultural and informational resource open to all and free at the point of use more essential than ever. Secondly, this is particularly true of households on low incomes. Thirdly, users accessing commercially provided ‘free’ digital facilities now encounter a system where the most popular online, activities are dominated by a handful of mega corporations — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple — all based outside the UK and generating profits by harvesting and selling users' personal data. According to the former president of the European parliament Martin Schulz, these companies must not be allowed to shape the new world order.

Keywords:   public service broadcasting, public service television, BBC, Martin Schulz, public information, mega corporations, personal data

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