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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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Children and Public Service Broadcasting

Children and Public Service Broadcasting

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(p.290) 40 Children and Public Service Broadcasting
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Sonia Livingstone

Claire Local

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0042

Much has been said about the future of public service content, the growth of multiple platforms, new market and regulatory pressures, and changing audience preferences and practices, among other widely debated topics. However, little attention has been paid to the role that public service television plays in educating, entertaining, and broadening the horizons of children in the UK. This chapter focuses on how public service television can better serve a child audience that spends on average at least 35 hours per week consuming broadcast, on-demand, and online content. It discusses how children still view public service television on a television set; whether children's television viewing really in decline; the case for online provision of children's public service television; the case for online provision for children of other public service content; and the case for enhancing the ‘discoverability’ of children's public service content.

Keywords:   public service broadcasting, television shows, children's TV, public service television, children's television

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