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Public Service Broadcasting in Transition : A Documentary Reader - Monroe E. Price

Public Service Broadcasting in Transition

A Documentary Reader

By: Monroe E. Price (Editor), Marc Raboy (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th October 2003
ISBN: 9789041122124
Number Of Pages: 216

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Few will deny that public service broadcastingbroadcasting that is controlled neither by the state nor by private media corporationsis an essential ingredient in modern democracy. But, as a number of initiatives in transition economies have shown, the inception and development of a strong public broadcasting system is a Herculean task that is easily sidetracked by politics or ideology, or stalled by lack of funding. Especially when state budgets are stretched, the expense is hard to justify.

This collection of documents, comments, and cases brings all the major issues in public service broadcasting policy into focus and sets the problems to be addressed in sharp relief. It draws on white papers from NGOs and broadcasters, legislation from a wide range of countries (and a model law), accounts of public broadcasting efforts in transition states, analyses of evolving policy in established systems, government regulatory guidelines, and a great deal more. Among the matters touched upon are the following:

  • the principles of public service broadcasting and their cultural and economic justification;
  • limiting state interference;
  • the place of public broadcasting in a multi-channel, market-driven world;
  • the appropriate mix of public and private revenues;
  • objectivity and impartiality in broadcasting;
  • how institutional structures can shape programming strategies;
  • the use of competition law to adjust relations between public and private broadcasting;
  • EU accession standards for public service broadcasting; and the impact of digital broadcasting.

    Broadcast professionals, students and teachers in communications and related fields, government officials interested in strengthening public service broadcasting and keeping pace with rapid developmentsall will benefit enormously from this thoughtful and informative book. It will allow them to think well beyond the standard formulae about the function of public service broadcasting and its role in society.

  • Introductionp. vii
    Public Service Broadcasting: Principles and Issuesp. 1
    General Principlesp. 2
    Financingp. 4
    Program Contentp. 15
    Objectivity and Impartialityp. 18
    Structure and Autonomyp. 21
    A Model Public Service Broadcasting Lawp. 24
    Technology and the Futurep. 29
    Concluding Overviewp. 32
    The European Union, the Council of Europe and Trends in Public Service Broadcastingp. 37
    The Treaty of Amsterdam and the Validation of Public Service Broadcastingp. 37
    Funding: Treaty of Rome, Competition and Transparencyp. 40
    Accession and Evaluationp. 50
    Public Service Broadcasting in a Digital Agep. 63
    Concluding Overviewp. 75
    Challenges to the Public Service Broadcasting Remit: the United Kingdom, Germany and Canadap. 79
    Purposes of Public Service Broadcastingp. 80
    Programme Contentp. 85
    Structure and Independencep. 91
    Public Service Broadcasting and Public Service Obligations of Private Broadcastersp. 96
    The Example of Canadap. 106
    Transformations, Transitions, and Public Service Broadcastingp. 117
    What Prospects for Public Service Broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europep. 118
    Variations in Appointment Processes to Regulatory Boards and Management Bodiesp. 120
    Statutory Drafting and Review: the Croatian Examplep. 122
    'Media Wars'p. 132
    Country Studies: Poland and Uzbekistanp. 148
    Public Service in Peacekeeping Operations: Bosnia and Hercegovinap. 156
    Towards The Future: Concluding Materialsp. 165
    List of Documentsp. 196
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    ISBN: 9789041122124
    ISBN-10: 9041122125
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 216
    Published: 30th October 2003
    Publisher: Kluwer Law International
    Country of Publication: NL
    Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
    Weight (kg): 0.48