BBC

Over-75’s licence fee: Where the responsibility lies

A great deal of ‘anti-BBC’ flak is flying at the moment as the public broadcaster has announced that it will end the provision of free licences for most over-75’s on 1 August 2020. But we must be very clear about where the real blame lies for this decision.

COVID-19

COVID-19: Amplifying the threats to public media

From political interference to funding cuts, many independent public media organisations are facing both new and ongoing threats. Here we reflect on some of these challenges, many of which have been amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.

Remote working

Assistance and best practices for remote broadcasting during COVID-19

As many journalists adapt to working from home, what are the best practices for broadcasting away from the studio?

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Global Call Out: An Unprecedented Time

This week's PMA Global Call Out sees us all working in new ways. Many of us are now working from home in a world that quite suddenly feels very different. Yet the challenges facing media freedom continue.

Final panel

Looking back at 2019

Despite some highs, 2019 struck a new low for many public media organisations around the world. Explore some of the key PMA stories from 2019.

Manx Radio

Securing a future for public media in the Isle of Man

Following a year of upheaval and political wrangling, PMA member Manx Radio, has finally secured a package from government that will enable it to plan and build for the future.

fake news media literacy

Public broadcasters and youth media literacy

Effective democracy relies on citizen’s access to trustworthy information. But it also requires citizens to be able to make critical decisions about the sources of that information and whether it is credible or accurate. 

Why Public Media Matters: Report from the Global Conference for Media Freedom

Dr Caitriona Noonan explores the value of an independent publicly-funded media, the threats it faces in today’s commercial and political climate, and suggested interventions to ensure its sustainability. 

BBC head office London licence fee

BBC announces change to free licences for over-75s

The BBC announced that it will fund means-tested licence fees for some older people following government decision to stop the provision of free licences.

Insight | Countering Disinformation and Hate Speech in South East Asia

Following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, development communications expert Paul Risley explores what is meant by hate speech and how best to identify and counter it.