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[Commlist] New publication: Achieving Viability for Public Service Media in Challenging Settings

Mon Mar 09 21:08:17 GMT 2020

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Achieving Viability for Public Service Media in Challenging Settings

A Holistic Approach

James Deane, Pierre François Docquir, Winston Mano, Tarik Sabry, Naomi Sakr

In the face of challenges posed by a shifting digital media landscape, an array of international bodies continue to endorse public service media (PSM) as an essential component of democratisation. Yet how can PSM achieve viability in settings where models of media independence and credibility are unfamiliar or rejected by political leaders? The answer lies in a holistic approach that is neither media-centric nor defeatist about PSM’s place in a landscape marked by younger generations’ widespread preference for social media platforms. There are more ways of working towards PSM than are often recognised. Wide-ranging research from media NGOs and academics demonstrates the potential of diverse, incremental approaches to embedding the values and mechanisms of PSM. These are as likely to involve regulatory and licensing institutions, unions of media practitioners, audiences, advocacy groups or social media platforms as content producers themselves. This Policy Brief considers the issues, research and policy options around achieving viability for PSM. It concludes with six recommendations that are relevant to policymakers, practitioners and media studies specialists.

The Authors

James Deane is Director of Policy and Research at BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, which he joined in 2007 after 20 years working at Panos on public debate and journalism in developing countries.

Pierre Francois Docquir is Head of Media Freedom at the UKbased organisation ARTICLE 19, which he joined in 2015 after serving as vice-president of the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel in Belgium. He holds a PhD in law.

Winston Mano is a Reader and Director of the Africa Media Centre at the University of Westminster, course leader of the MA in Media and Development and principal editor of the Journal of African Media Studies.

Tarik Sabry is Reader in Media and Communication Theory at the University of Westminster and co-editor, with Joe Khalil, of Culture, Time and Publics in the Arab World (2019).

Naomi Sakr is Professor of Media Policy at the University of Westminster and author of several studies on public interest media in Arab countries, including for UNESCO and the EU.

Open Access

PDF, ePub and kindle versions available free from books:

PDF 978-1-912656-51-6

ePub 978-1-912656-52-3

Kindle 978-1-912656-53-0

DOI: 10.16997/book41

Format  32 pages 229 x 152mm


Communication Studies | Political Economy | Television, Radio and Social Media

| Media Industries

Published open access by the University of Westminster Press


Published 4 March 2020

This book is published in the CAMRI Policy Briefs Series

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