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ARTICLE: Public broadcasters in Portugal and Spain were heavily impacted by austerity policies

The external financial assistance provided for European countries in crises starting in 2009, had a major impact for many public services in these countries, including public service broadcasting. The article written by Elsa Costa e Silva of Minho University and María-Jesús Díaz-González of Universidade da Coruña looks at the effects of austerity policy measures implemented, … Continued

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ARTICLE: The BBC does not live out the ideals of public service broadcasting

Independent and strong enough public service broadcasters are often seen as a defence against overly commercialized or state-captured media. The BBC has been praised as a global standard bearer in broadcast radio and television. Even though its relationship with the government and the so-called establishment is not straighforward, the company is far from being totally … Continued

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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


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