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d'Haenens, L; Sousa, H; Meier, W A; Trappel, J (2008). Public Service Broadcasting. Convergence, 14(3):351-360.

Abstract

Public service media are no longer limited to radio and television as new media genres emerge. Among others, online media supplement radio, television and the press since the mid 1990s and became a medium in its own right. Moreover, online media become an essential element of media consumption patterns. Public service media compete not only with private radio and television broadcasters but also with the press. The question arises, whether such competition in the online field results in more diversity and higher output quality, serving the public interest better. In Europe, there are at least two different schools of thought. One line of argument accepts the public service expansion into online and regards online media as necessary and important field for public service activities. Another line of argument suggests limiting the public service remit strictly to radio and broadcasting and considers online media as emerging market subject to competition among private companies only. Based on the results of a comparative empirical analysis of online media provided by public service broadcasters and print publishers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria (from 2006) the article shows that the achieved results in media output are disappointing. Only few online media live up to the expectations. The article finally argues that the extension of the public service remit to online media might enhance quality and diversity.

Public service media are no longer limited to radio and television as new media genres emerge. Among others, online media supplement radio, television and the press since the mid 1990s and became a medium in its own right. Moreover, online media become an essential element of media consumption patterns. Public service media compete not only with private radio and television broadcasters but also with the press. The question arises, whether such competition in the online field results in more diversity and higher output quality, serving the public interest better. In Europe, there are at least two different schools of thought. One line of argument accepts the public service expansion into online and regards online media as necessary and important field for public service activities. Another line of argument suggests limiting the public service remit strictly to radio and broadcasting and considers online media as emerging market subject to competition among private companies only. Based on the results of a comparative empirical analysis of online media provided by public service broadcasters and print publishers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria (from 2006) the article shows that the achieved results in media output are disappointing. Only few online media live up to the expectations. The article finally argues that the extension of the public service remit to online media might enhance quality and diversity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Key Words / cultural diversity / languages / translation / policy / public service broadcasting / cultural citizenship / TV programming
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:29 Dec 2008 09:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:36
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1354-8565
Official URL:http://convergence.beds.ac.uk/

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