- Title Pages
- Introduction: The Long Revolution
- 1 Reflection on <i>A Future for Public Service Television</i>
- 2 Public Service Television and the Crisis of Content
- 3 TV Advertising for All Seasons
- 4 Inventing Public Service Media
- 5 Does Public Service Television Really Give Consumers Less Good Value for Money than the Rest of the Market?
- 6 The Future of Television in the US
- 7 Pressures on Public Service Media: Insights from a Comparative Analysis of 12 Democracies
- 8 Public Service in Europe: Five Key Points
- 9 Diversity: Reflection and Review
- 10 The BBC: A Brief Future History, 2017–2022
- 11 Public Service Algorithms
- 12 Television and Public Service: A Brief History<sup>1</sup>
- 13 Principles of Public Service for the 21<sup>st</sup> Century<sup>1</sup>
- 14 The Purposes of Broadcasting – Revisited
- 15 Back to the Future: The Uses of Television in the Digital Age
- 16 Television, Quality of Life and the Value of Culture
- 17 Shouting Toward Each Other: Economics, Ideology and Public Service Television Policy
- 18 Everything for Someone: For an Inclusive Definition of Public Service Broadcasting
- 19 Debating ‘Distinctiveness’: How Useful a Concept is it in Measuring the Value and Impact of the BBC?
- 20 The BBC: A Radical Rethink
- 21 Ensuring the Future of Public Service Television for the Benefit of Citizens
- 22 The Social and Cultural Purposes of Television Today
- 23 Taking the Principles of Public Service Media into the Digital Ecology<sup>1</sup>
- 24 Television in a Rapidly Changing World: Content, Platforms and Channels<sup>1</sup>
- 25 New Sources of Public Service Content<sup>1</sup>
- 26 Designing a New Model of Public Service Television (PST)
- 27 Public Service Broadcasting as a Digital Commons
- 28 ‘Public Service’ in a Globalised Digital Landscape
- 29 Video-on-Demand as Public Service Television
- 30 Do We Still Need Public Service Television?
- 31 Television and Diversity<sup>1</sup>
- 32 Public Service Television in the Nations and Regions<sup>1</sup>
- 33 Are You Being Heard?
- 34 Skills and Training Investment Vital to the Success of Public Service Broadcasting
- 35 The Media Cannot Reflect Society if Society is Not Reflected in the Media
- 36 Does Television Represent Us?
- 37 Public Service Television in Wales
- 38 Public Service Broadcasting: A View from Scotland
- 39 Content Diversity<sup>1</sup>
- 40 Children and Public Service Broadcasting
- 41 Public Service Television and Sports Rights
- 42 Securing the Future for Arts Broadcasting
- 43 Public Service Television and Civic Engagement
- 44 Tunnel Vision: The Tendency for BBC Economic and Business News to Follow Elite Opinion and Exclude Other Credible Perspectives
- 45 How to Strengthen Public Service Television
- 46 Recommendations of the Puttnam Report<sup>1</sup>
- Contributors (Editors and Commissioned Authors)
Does Television Represent Us?
Does Television Represent Us?
- (p.268) 36 Does Television Represent Us?
- A Future for Public Service Television
- The MIT Press
This chapter argues that television has failed to represent the nuances, subtleties, intricacies of people's lives, and their concerns and their worries. In fact, it never has. The BBC has never been independent since the day that Lord Reith, who was the man in charge at the time, moved into a government office. He wrote the news the government wanted the people to hear. He even considered banning the Archbishop of Canterbury from speaking because it was thought he might be too sympathetic to the strikers. He put out government propaganda, but the people believed it because they believed the BBC was independent. But the BBC has never been independent, and that is why it does not represent us, because the people have interests that the BBC will not represent.
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