The concept of public service has been a central element of broadcasting culture in most national contexts for as long as broadcasting has existed. Yet current trends in media technology, governance and ownership present challenges to long-standing notions of the role of public service broadcasting.
In an environment of near-infinite choice and personalisable content, how can general-interest broadcasters retain their relevance?
When social media can inspire revolutions, how can public service broadcasters speak to multiple publics?
Can a national broadcaster address the needs of local, regional and minority communities?
What kinds of texts are public service broadcasters producing and how are they distributing them both at home and abroad?
We welcome submissions touching on any aspect of contemporary public service broadcasting, but are particularly keen to explore:
- The texts produced by Public Service Broadcasters and how these reflect national, local and cultural concerns
- PSB and inter/intra-national and diasporic cultures
- PSB in relation to discourses of identity
- PSB in relation to the globalisation of television production and distribution
- PSB in relation to the movement for local broadcasting