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    Public service media funding in Ireland faces continuing challenges

Public service media funding in Ireland faces continuing challenges

Ireland’s main public service broadcaster RTÉ is facing serious challenges to its funding, and the sustainability of funding for public service media in the country is in question. In this post Phil Ramsey, School of Communication and Media at Ulster University, illustrates how the Irish Government might have missed opportunities to rectify the issues by avoiding introducing a replacement […]

The state of Hungarian media: Endgame

Hungary has been experiencing significant constitutional and institutional changes in the last seven years as Viktor Orban and his ruling party Fidesz cemented their political power by capturing the constitutional court and other key institutions. In parallel to the political capture of democratic institutions, media ownership became more and more concentrated in the hands of Orban and his close […]

The future of media in Wales: policy challenges

The discussions about Channel 4 being pushed to move out of London, and about the BBC being forced to spend more of its programming budget outside the capital show that there is a shift towards better regional representation in UK programming. Attracting less media interest than Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales is a particular case. In this post, Dr […]

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    Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests

In a climate of political change in the US, President Trump’s government is introducing new policies regarding media ownership, subsidized internet access, net neutrality and online privacy. In this post, Christopher Ali, Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies at University of Virginia provides an overview of recent media policy changes and makes a case for why citizens […]

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    The Greek broadcaster ERT: a state or public service broadcaster?

The Greek broadcaster ERT: a state or public service broadcaster?

From being abolished in 2013 to being relaunched in 2015, the Greek public broadcaster ERT has undergone a tumultous few years. In this post, Petros Iosifidis of City, University of London, who recently spoke at an event at the LSE on public service media in Europe, will shed light on the reasons why ERT has been widely perceived to […]

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    Public Service Television in the Western Balkans: A Mission Impossible

Public Service Television in the Western Balkans: A Mission Impossible

Recent years have brought about new challenges to media landscapes across Europe. Pressures from commercial broadcasters and declining audiences have been compounded by political and financial pressures that have led to questions about the very existence, role and purpose of public service broadcasting. An event held at the LSE last week addressed the future of public service media in […]

Public service broadcasting: when the status quo won’t do

Public service media across Europe are facing new commercial and political challenges. Des Freedman, who is speaking today at the event ‘The Future of Public Service Media in Europe’ here at the LSE, writes about challenges for public service broadcasters in the UK. Des is project lead for the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television. He writes […]

The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems

Since the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media […]

What would be the impact of Brexit on UK media regulation?

Media regulation in the UK has been affected, at least in part, by the requirements of European Union (EU) law. So, which areas are likely to change once the UK formally leaves the EU? Lorna Woods, Professor of Media Law at the University of Essex, addresses some key regulatory areas.

The precise outcome is difficult to predict, of course, […]

When Commercialism Trumps Democracy

There are concerned voices about the ‘trumpification of the media’ in the US in the run up to the 2016 presidential elections. Victor Pickard, Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, argues that the commercial logic of US news organisations may have a serious impact on matters of profound importance such as democracy.

Donald Trump’s ascendance has many […]