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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 […]

Poland: The Public, The Government And The Media

Beata Klimkiewicz, Associate Professor at the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication, examines recent changes to public service media law in Poland and argues that whilst reform of Polish public service media is needed, this should be achieved not through direct political means, but rather through greater public involvement.

The political battle about public service media (PSM) is not new in Poland, what is new […]

The Future of the BBC: the BBC as Market Shaper and Creator

Mariana Mazzucato is a Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) of the University of Sussex, and recently became a member of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new economic advisory committee. Here she tackles accusations that the BBC is ‘crowding out’ the broadcasting market in the UK, and offers suggestions as to how to […]

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    Is it the long-term destiny of the BBC to remain an inclusive public service?

Is it the long-term destiny of the BBC to remain an inclusive public service?

Michael Starks is an Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University and author of ‘The Digital Television Revolution’ whose main professional career was with the BBC. Here he argues that the separate policy issue debates in the BBC Charter Review process mask the core question of whether the BBC remains an inclusive public […]

Why a smaller BBC will be bad for almost everyone

Patrick Barwise, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department for Media and Communications at the LSE, Chairman of Which? and Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, explains why funding cuts to the BBC will negatively affect not only viewers at home, but also the wider creative industries and the economy. Two public consultations on the future […]