Media policy issues sit at the heart of the structure and functioning of media systems in Europe and beyond. This book brings together the work of a range of leading media policy scholars to provide inroads to a better understanding of how effective media policies can be developed to ensure a healthy communication sector that contributes to the wellbeing of individual citizens, as well as a more democratic society. Faced with a general atmosphere of disillusionment in the European project, one of the core questions tackled by the volume’s contributors is: what scope is there for European media policy that can exist beyond the national level? Uniquely, the volume’s chapters are structured around four key policy themes: media convergence; the continued role and position of public regulatory intervention in media policy; policy issues arising from the development of new electronic communication network environments; and lessons for European media policy from cases beyond the EU. In its chapters, the volume provides enriched understandings of the role and significance of policy actors, institutions, structures, instruments and processes in communication and media policy.

chapter 1|20 pages

Contextualising European Media Policy in the Twenty-First Century

ByManuel Puppis, Seamus Simpson, Hilde Van den Bulck

section I|54 pages

Understanding Media Policy in an Environment of Media Convergence

chapter 2|17 pages

Beyond the Buzz

Why Media Policy Researchers Should Study Teletext
ByHilde Van den Bulck, Hallvard Moe

chapter 3|19 pages

Electronic Press

Turning a New Leaf for Convergent Media Content Regulation?
ByIrini Katsirea

chapter 4|16 pages


When Public Service Broadcasters and Twitter Go to War – An Irish Perspective
ByJennifer Kavanagh

section II|62 pages

The Relevance of Public Regulatory Intervention in Media Policy

chapter 6|23 pages

Media Policy and Regulation in Times of Crisis

ByCorinna Wenzel, Stefan Gadringer, Josef Trappel

chapter 7|19 pages

Digital Switchover

EU State Aid, Public Subsidies and Enlargement
ByMark Wheeler

section III|56 pages

Regulatory Policy Issues in Advanced Communication Network Environments

section IV|70 pages

Lessons for European Media Policy from Cases beyond the EU

chapter 11|24 pages

Between Norms and Accomplishment

Lessons for EU Media Policy from EU Enlargements
ByBeata Klimkiewicz

chapter 12|19 pages

Convergent Media Policy

Reflections Based Upon the Australian Case
ByTerry Flew

chapter 13|25 pages

Communications and Social Inclusion

Universal Service Policies in Europe and Latin America
ByMaria Stella Righettini, Michele Tonellotto