Public service media (PSM) have been the mainstay of Western European broadcasting for a number of decades. Yet despite a general political consensus in favour of PSM, recent technological, economic and political changes have led to a questioning of their value.

This new collection of essays explores the history of PSM in selected European countries, from their early establishment as the main media in many countries to charting their transformation and evolution in recent years. The contributions consider the political, economic and market-integration issues that impact PSM, while also highlighting the importance of the ideology that originally accompanied PSM in its initial years, to see how relevant they are in the contemporary world.

The book consists of two complementary parts:

Part I: Theoretical Aspects and Global Influences on Public Service Media in Europe

Part II: A Comparative Analysis of Public Service Media across Europe

With contributions from leading experts, the first part offers a thorough examination of the current concepts and conditions that influence PSM in Europe. The second offers a comparative study of PSM in several European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Offering the most comprehensive study of the field to date, Public Service Media in Europe will be useful for students and researchers in public media, political communication, international and comparative media.

chapter 1|8 pages


The Relevance of Public Service Media in Europe
ByKaren Arriaza Ibarra, Eva Nowak, Raymond Kuhn

part 1|99 pages

Theoretical Aspects and Global Influences on Public Service Media in Europe

chapter 2|16 pages

Economic Paradigms in the EU and their Relation to Public Service Media

BySergio A. Berumen, Karen Arriaza Ibarra

chapter 3|14 pages

The Role of Public Service Media in Nation-Building

ByChristina Holtz-Bacha

chapter 4|12 pages

Problems and Solutions for Public Service Broadcasting

Reflections on a Fifty-Six Country Study 1
ByDamian Tambini

chapter 5|20 pages

Public Service Media and European Market Integration Policies

ByKaren Donders, Tim Raats

chapter 6|16 pages

Public Service Media Accountability in Recent Decades

A Progressive Shift from State to Market
ByHilde Van den Bulck

chapter 7|19 pages

Digitization and Public Service Media

What Service for Which Public?
ByChristian S. Nissen

part 2|100 pages

A Comparative Analysis of Public Service Media Across Europe

chapter 8|15 pages

Between Autonomy and Dependency

Funding Mechanisms of Public Service Media in Selected European Countries
ByBeata Klimkiewicz

chapter 9|21 pages

Autonomy and Regulatory Frameworks of Public Service Media

Diverging Scenarios in a Europe of Different Levels
ByMona Krewel

chapter 10|23 pages

Management and Organization of Public Service Media Companies

Basic Concepts Related to Efficiency and Failure in European Public Service Media, with Two Case Examples (Germany and Spain)
ByKaren Arriaza Ibarra

chapter 11|19 pages

Why Is Public Service Media Content As It Is?

A Comparison of Principles and Practices in Six EU Countries
ByLars W. Nord