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ARTICLE: Four ways to control media by government funding

“Regulation, legislation, physical attacks, and threats against journalists or media owners are effective methods used to capture the media. But funding is arguably the most effective method of all”, Marius Dragomir, of Central European University (CEU) in Hungary, argues. The article describes trends in how governments use funding to control media, directly and indirectly. There … Continued


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ARTICLE: Western Balkan public service broadcasters between a rock and a hard place

Public service broadcasters in the Western Balkan are increasingly caught between political control and market pressures, being financially dependent on politics or advertisers. Marko Milosavljević and Melita Poler, both of the University of Ljubljana, studied the public service broadcasters in seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, … Continued



Roddy Flynn interview

VIDEO: Media ownership and journalistic content

Roddy Flynn, a lecturer at Dublin City University talked to us about his research into the relationship between media ownership and journalistic content. He tells about findings concerning a study on whether media owners are treated differently by their own reporters. Flynn’s project looked at the public service broadcaster in Ireland and the largest private … Continued


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CFP: The future of Canada’s native people’s broadcasting

A series of symposia on the topic of broadcasting and Canada’s native peoples is looking for contributions. Six regional gatherings and a three-day conference will be organised under the title “The future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis broadcasting: Conversation & convergence”. The series of events is intended to vitalize discussion in advance of an … Continued


ARTICLE: Elite interaction on Twitter

Anders Olof Larsson, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Bente Kalsnes, of University of Oslo and Christian Christensen, of University of Stockholm study Twitter use by public service broadcasters (PSBs) during national elections in Norway and Sweden. The study is based on an analysis of social media content and interviews with PSB journalists The interviews reveal that journalists often … Continued


ARTICLE: No clear country clusters in risks to PSM

In terms of risks to public service media’s independence, European countries do not fit neatly in categorizations such as that of Daniel Hallin and Paolo Mancini (2004), writes Maja Šimunjak of Middlesex University London. Šimunjak reviews the results of the Media Pluralism Monitor 2015 research. Among other things, the project looked into the ways governments … Continued


ARTICLE: Turning state media into PSB

Government-owned television has always been used for the interest of repressive regimes in Egypt, where the boundary between public service broadcasting (PSB) and state television has been blurry, write Rasha A. Abdulla, of The American University in Cairo. The article studies the boundaries between state and media in times of transition. The focus of the study … Continued



New International Communication Gazette special issue is out

June special issue of International Communication Gazette is published. The issue is called Fulfilling the public service remit in the post-broadcasting era: Does the medium still matter? The magazine includes five articles that stress themes such as broadcasting in Europe, mobile public service media in Australia, shifting Canadian public broadcasting to an online service and … Continued