Professor of Broadcasting Studies at University of Sunderland
The Future Outlook for PSB
BBC - RIP? DOES PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING HAVE A FUTURE?
Beginning with a clip from the recent radio show in which Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand caused public outrage by leaving a lewd message on a celebrity's answerphone, the presentation will ask two questions: How did such material come to be broadcast by the BBC, the archetypal public service broadcaster? And what is the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom? It explores what the public service concept is - how it originated, what problems it later encountered, and what role it performs today. The presentation concludes by suggesting a way in which public service broadcasting might withstand the challenges of a multi-channelled and de-regulated future, and expresses a view on its chances of survival.
Andrew is Professor of Broadcasting Studies at the University of Sunderland. His books include Understanding Radio (1994), An Introductory History of British Broadcasting (2002) and A Study of Modern Television: Thinking Inside the Box (2006). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Radio Journal and the Journal of Media Business Studies and has just co-written a book on radio journalism with Dr Guy Starkey. Andrew will be discussing his ideas for the trajectories of Public Service Broadcasting in the 21st century