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Future for Public Service Television

by Des Freedman and Vana Goblot Goldsmiths Press
Pub Date:
04/2018
ISBN:
9781906897710
Format:
Hbk 368 pages
Price:
AU$74.00 NZ$77.39
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A guide to the nature, purpose, and place of public service television within a multi-platform, multi-channel ecology.


 


Television is on the verge of both decline and rebirth. Vast technological change has brought about financial uncertainty as well as new creative possibilities for producers, distributors, and viewers. This volume, from Goldsmiths Press, examines not only the unexpected resilience of TV as cultural pastime and aesthetic practice but also the prospects for public service television in a digital, multichannel ecology.


 


The proliferation of platforms from Amazon and Netflix to YouTube and the vlogosphere means intense competition for audiences traditionally dominated by legacy broadcasters. Public service broadcasters -- whether the BBC, the German ARD, or the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation -- are particularly vulnerable to this volatility. Born in the more stable political and cultural conditions of the twentieth century, they face a range of pressures on their revenue, their remits and indeed their very futures. This book reflects on the issues raised in Lord Puttnam's 2016 Public Service TV Inquiry Report, with contributions from leading broadcasters, academics, and regulators. With resonance for students, professionals and consumers with a stake in British media, it serves both as historical record and as a look at the future of television in an on-demand age.


 


Contributors includeTess Alps, Patrick Barwise, James Bennett, Georgie Born, Natasha Cox, Gunn Enli, Des Freedman, Vana Goblot, David Hendy, Jennifer Holt, Amanda D. Lotz, Sarita Malik, Matthew Powers, Lord Puttnam, Trine Syvertsen, Jon Thoday, Mark Thompson


 
Des Freedman is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.


 


Vana Goblot is Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London.