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[ecrea] New Publication: A Future for Public Service Television

Fri Apr 20 18:37:09 GMT 2018

*A Future for Public Service Television*
Edited by Des Freedman and Vana Goblot
(Goldsmiths Press <>; distributed by MIT Press <>)

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 volume examines not only the unexpected resilience of TV as 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 means intense competition for audiences traditionally dominated by legacy broadcasters. Public service broadcasters – whether the BBC, the German ARD, or the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – are particularly vulnerable to this volatility. Born in the more stable political and cultural conditions of the twentieth century, they face a range of pressures on their revenue, their remits and indeed their very futures.

This book summarises and expands on A Future for Public Service Television Inquiry <> chaired by Lord Puttnam and features 46 chapters, including fresh contributions from leading broadcasters and academics including Mark Thompson, Amanda Lotz, Paddy Barwise, Sarita Malik, David Hendy, Jennifer Holt, Trine Syvertsen, Gunn Enli and James Bennett. With resonance for students, professionals and consumers with a stake in British media, it serves both as historical record and as a look at the future of television in an on-demand age.

In the news:
Lord Puttnam: ‘PSBs are more vital than ever’, Broadcast, 18 April 2018 <>


/This is an ideal text for those who wish to drill down into the diversity issues that beset our media./
/Lenny Henry, actor and comedian

/Anyone who cares about democracy, and about the vital place of media in it, should read this fantastic book. It provides a vividly engaged and engaging account of the principles, practices and problems of public service television./
/Professor John Street, University of East Anglia

/The public service project is more, not less, essential in the digital twenty-first century, and this collection begins to undertake the work necessary for a renewing and re-imagining of its possibilities and resources./
/Professor Charlotte Brunsdon, University of Warwick

/If you want to know what is at stake for the future of television, this is the absolute go-to book. With chapters from an incredible line-up of commentators, it is highly engaging and challenging. It asks us to think in many different ways about what it means to be a public, to be a citizen, to live in an informed democracy. If we do not see television as a public good rather than a consumer choice, what are we left with?/

Professor Bev Skeggs, LSE

/Read this book to understand the value of public service television and why we should care about it. More than the usual pessimistic account of the 'challenges' facing its future, these illuminating voices around the Puttnam Inquiry dispense passionate please as well as concrete and brilliant ideas./

Professor Helen Wood, University of Leicester

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