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Television and the Public Interest
Vulnerable Values in Western European Broadcasting

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December 1991 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Modern broadcasting policy faces a number of challenges: how to regulate the growing commercial sector; the position and funding of public service television; and finding appropriate forms of public accountability in the changed media environment.

Television and the Public Interest examines these challenges and how they are being addressed in the media systems of eight European nations. The authors' aim throughout is to identify the basic values that European policymakers, politicians, broadcasters and civic groups of all kinds regard as vulnerable in the new conditions and are striving to protect from market pressures. The book includes a wealth of information on broadcasting policy issues and practice in Western European nations and offers a major appraisal of the values enshrined in such policy, how they are protected institutionally in different systems, and how such systems are coping with the challenges of the new media landscape.

Lord Rees-Mogg
Foreword
Jay G Blumler
Introduction
Current Confrontations in West European Television  
 
PART ONE: WEST EUROPEAN TELEVISION IN TRANSITION
Jay G Blumler
Public Service Broadcasting Before the Commercial Deluge
Jay G Blumler
Vulnerable Values at Stake
 
PART TWO: NATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem
Protecting Vulnerable Values in the German Broadcasting Order
Stephen Hearst
Broadcasting Regulation in Britain
Gianpietro Mazzoleni
Is there a Question of Vulnerable Values in Italy?
Denis McQuail
The Netherlands
Safeguarding Freedom and Diversity under Multichannel Conditions  
Stig Hadenius
Vulnerable Values in a Changing Political and Media System
The Case of Sweden  
Ulrich Saxer
Television in a Small Multicultural Society
The Case of Switzerland  
Dominique Wolton
Values and Normative Choices in French Television
Esteban Lopez-Escobar
Vulnerable Values in Spanish Multichannel Television
 
PART THREE: POLICIES AND DIRECTIONS
Wolfgang Hoffmann-Reim
Defending Vulnerable Values
Regulatory Measures and Enforcement Dilemmas  
Jay G Blumler and Wolfgang Hoffmann-Reim
New Roles for Public Service Television
Jay G Blumler and Wolfgang Hoffmann-Reim
Toward Renewed Public Accountability in Broadcasting

`Given the enormous social, political and legal changes across Europe, which, as discussed in Part 1, have direct and substantial consequences for broadcasting orders in many countries, the book's attention to its subject matter is timely and welcome.' - Sociology

`should be in the personal library of those interested in comparative media systems. It would also make a suitable text for an international course examining changes taking place in European radio and television.' - Journal of Communication

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ISBN: 9780803986497
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