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A Future for Public Service Television

Des Freedman and Vana Goblot


A guide to the nature, purpose, and place of public service television within a multi-platform, multichannel ecology. Television is on the verge of both decline and rebirth. Vast technological change has brought about financial uncertainty as well as new creative possibilities for producers, distributors, and viewers. This book examines not only the unexpected resilience of TV as a cultural pastime and aesthetic practice but also the prospects for public service television in a digital, multichannel ecology. The proliferation of platforms from Amazon and Netflix to YouTube and the vlogosphere ... More

Keywords: public service television, TV, cultural pastime, multichannel, public service broadcasters, BBC, ARD, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, British media, on-demand viewing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781906897710
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Des Freedman, editor
Goldsmiths, University of London

Vana Goblot, editor
Goldsmiths, University of London

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Front Matter

Part One Introduction


Lord Puttnam

Part Two Contexts and Reflections

8 Public Service in Europe: Five Key Points

Trine Syvertsen and Gunn Enli

Part Three Principles and Purposes of Public Service Television

20 The BBC: A Radical Rethink

Justin Schlosberg1

Part Four Public Service Television in an On-Demand World

Part Five Representing Britain on TV

37 Public Service Television in Wales

Caitriona Noonan and Sian Powell1

Part Six Content Diversity

40 Children and Public Service Broadcasting

Sonia Livingstone and Claire Local1

42 Securing the Future for Arts Broadcasting

Caitriona Noonan and Amy Genders1

Part Seven Recommendations and Afterword


Vana Goblot and Natasha Cox1