The Decline and Fall of Public Service Broadcasting

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byMichael Tracey

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Public broadcasting is the single most important social, cultural, and journalistic institution of the twentieth century. In the past fifteen years it has been assaulted politically, ideologically, technologically, and is everywhere in retreat. This book considers the idea of public servicebroadcasting and examines in detail the assault made upon it with specific emphasis on global developments and events in the United Kingdom, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Michael Tracey argues that public service broadcasting has been a vital and democratically significant institution now experiencing a terminal decline brought about by changes in political, economic, and technological circumstances. Based on years of research and extensive contact with leadingpublic broadcasters around the world the author examines the idea of public service broadcasting and how for the most part it has vainly (and often ineffectually) struggled to survive in recent years . The author concludes that public broadcasting is, as was once said of Weimar, a corpse on leave. Its likely disappearance constitutes an indication of a real and deep-seated crisis within liberal democracy.

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Public broadcasting is the single most important social, cultural, and journalistic institution of the twentieth century. In the past fifteen years it has been assaulted politically, ideologically, technologically, and is everywhere in retreat. This book considers the idea of public servicebroadcasting and examines in detail the assaul...

Michael Tracey is Professor and Director of the Center for Mass Media Research at the University of Boulder, Colorado.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198159242

ISBN - 13:9780198159247

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Part I1. Public Service Broadcasting2. Principles of Public Service3. The Deconstruction of Public Service BroadcastingPart II4. Reinventing the BBC in the 1950s5. The BBC and Funding6. Conquerors, Culture, and Communication: The Foundation of Post-war Japanese Broadcasting7. The Making of an Institution: The Rebirth of NHK8. Conquerors, Culture, and Communication: The Intellectual Roots of Post-war German Broadcasting9. Conquerors, Culture, and Communication: The Creation of Nordwestdeutscher RundfunkPart III10. Video Kombat and Highway Building11. The New Television in Britain12. Broadcasting and New Technologies: The Case of Japan13. A Stricken Place: The Condition of American Public TelevisionPart IV14. The Ceremony of Innocence: The Condition of Public Service BroadcastingBibliographyIndex

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...interesting and passionately written book. - Martin Cave. Info Vol 1. February 1999.