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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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Skills and Training Investment Vital to the Success of Public Service Broadcasting

Skills and Training Investment Vital to the Success of Public Service Broadcasting

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(p.261) 34 Skills and Training Investment Vital to the Success of Public Service Broadcasting
A Future for Public Service Television
Des Freedman, Vana Goblot
The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the skill challenges in the creative industries. The public service broadcasting (PSB) system is the driving force behind the UK's vibrant TV production sector. The PSBs are responsible for some 80 per cent of total investment in UK original non-news content. Independent producers are responsible for around 60 per cent of total commissioned hours on the five main PSB channels. As new platforms and formats emerge and old divides are blurred, there is a need for a holistic and collaborative approach across not just PSBs but all screen-based industries to ensure that the creative industries' talent base can compete globally. This requires upskilling and re-skilling with an integrated view and a systematic approach to tackling barriers to entry and enabling progression within an ever more casualized workforce.

Keywords:   public service broadcasting, UK broadcasting industry, skills training, creative industries

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