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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 and Diversity1

Television and Diversity1

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(p.233) 31 Television and Diversity1
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A Future for Public Service Television
Author(s):
Des Freedman, Vana Goblot
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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0033

This chapter argues that issues of diversity — based on the recognition that the population consists of multiple and overlapping sets of minorities — are central to the continuing relevance (or impending irrelevance) of any public service media system. If television in the 21st century is to retain legitimacy and relevance, then it has little option but to recognise the desire of all social groups to be listened to and to be properly represented. Diversity, as it applies to television, must take on board issues of voice, representation, and opportunity. It needs, in other words, to provide a means by which all social groups are able to speak, to be portrayed respectfully and accurately, to have equal employment prospects and, finally, to have access to a wide range of content.

Keywords:   public service broadcasters, public service television, diversity, public service media, minorities social groups

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