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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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Do We Still Need Public Service Television?

Do We Still Need Public Service Television?

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(p.229) 30 Do We Still Need Public Service Television?
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Luke Hyams

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0032

This chapter argues that there is still a need for public service television. Public service broadcasters fulfil a role that neither the independent young creators nor the big media corporations can really fill. There is a sweet spot there in the middle that is so important. This is also the time for young people to get behind the BBC and Channel 4, and re-appropriate young people's vision of public service broadcasting. There are so many ways in which public service broadcasters do well for under-25-year-olds: from incredibly high production values, well thought out dramas and documentaries on Channel 4 to the BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra, the World Service, Radio 4. The news is another area where there has been a big change for a lot of the young people, given their active presence in social media.

Keywords:   public service broadcasters, public service, public service broadcasting, young people, BBC, Channel 4, public service television, social media

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