Obeying His Masters’ Voices

Managing Independence and Accountability in Public Service Media Between Civil Society and State

Christian S. Nissen

Chapter from: Managing Media Firms and Industries

Springer Link



‘Obeying His Masters’ Voices: Managing Independence and Accountability in Public Service Media Between Civil Society and State’ is a chapter from Managing Media Firms and Industries, edited by Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Charles Brown.

The chapter focusses on governance issues of public media organisations, particularly the juggling act of “guarding editorial independence and securing accountability” towards the public, the stakeholders of PSM. This will be explored within the context of maintaining an independent organisation and editorial independence whilst many face growing interference from government.


Making Sense of Innovation

Process, product, and storytelling innovation in public service broadcasting organisations

Sandra K. Evans

Taylor & Francis Online 

Department of Communication, California State Polytechnic University, USA



This article addresses the following question: “how do employees and managers make sense of innovation within their organizations in relation to a rapidly evolving digital media environment?”.

With a focus on public radio organisations in an increasingly digital, multi-platform media landscape, this article uses data from interviews with 56 employees from 11 public radio stations. The results, according to the author, “show how people in public media organizations make sense of innovation by relying primarily on process-oriented, rather than product-oriented frames”.


Nation Binding: How Public Service Broadcasting Mitigates Political Selective Exposure

Linda Bos, Sanne Kruikemeier, Claes de Vreese


Amsterdam School of Communication Research ASCoR, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Is there a media system that promotes less political selective exposure? This article explores this question within the context of the US and Dutch media landscape, offering a comparison of the two. In particular, this article makes the case that where there is a relatively strong public service broadcaster, political selective exposure amongst an audience is lower due to its less partisan output. However, the authors do find that there is a large segment of citizens that choose to opt out of news consumption, despite its availability in today’s media landscape.

This article is Open Access, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.


Ensuring public service news provision in the era of networked communications

Gregory Ferrell Lowe and Alan G. Stavitsky

International Communication Gazette

University of Tampere, Finland and University of Nevada, Reno, USA, Sage Publications



The article analyses the economic viability of news production in the two main categories of media organisations, legacy media and digital native media, with a focus on USA and Europe. Their findings encourage the development of a more comprehensive news media system that follows innovation, advocates diversity and enhance quality. The article includes proposals for media policy, partnerships, education and professionalism.


Public Service Media in the Age of Digital Networks

Gaëtan Tremblay

Canadian Journal of Communication

Université du Québec à Montréal



This article addresses the question as to whether public service media is still relevant in the “age of the internet and digital networks”? It does so via an exploration of the way public service media has evolved into what it is today and how it might be redefined to offer a culturally and socially relevant role in today’s contemporary society.


Innovation as the Key for the Future of Public Service Media

Tania F. Lombao, Andrea Valencia-Bermúdez, and Francisco Campos

New Advances in Information Systems and Technologies

University of Santiago de Compostela, Springer



This chapter looks at the effects of digitisation in the production and consumption of public media, and the changing needs for news in society. Digitisation is a challenge and call to action for public service media to innovate, develop and reinforce their position in the news sphere, as competition increases. The research specifically assesses the progresses in digital innovation which took place in public service media across Europe until mid-2015.


Making Public Television Social? Public Service Broadcasting and the Challenges of Social Media

José van Dijck & Thomas Poell

Television & New Media

University of Amsterdam, Sage Publications



This article investigates how the rise of social media affects European public service broadcasting (PSB), particularly in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. The article explores this interaction on three levels: the level of the institution, professional practice, and content. The authors go on to explore how PSBs cope with the challenges of social media and whether it can be used to engage audiences without compromising public values.


Women and Media Industries in Europe

Tarja Savolainen

Helsinki University

Nordicom Information 37 (2) 2015


Tarja Sovelainen offers an introductory overview of research into the progress made by the European Council in relation to the objectives set by the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1994. This paper particularly focuses on the role of women in the media, their representation, the use of balance and stereotypes, and the access of women to expression and decision-making in and through media outlets.

Full article available via Nordicom

Moving beyond the Borders of Top–Down Broadcasting

An Analysis of Younger Users’ Participation in Public Service Media

Anne-Sofie Vanhaeght and Karen Donders

Television & New Media

Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Sage Publications



This article analyses whether and to what extent public broadcasters have been able to transpose concepts like interaction, cocreation, and participation into actual media service delivery.

The article theoretically frames this discussion, first, by defining and operationalising interaction with, cocreation of, and participation in public service media (PSM), focusing mainly on participation, and, second, by analysing the challenges that emerge from these concepts.

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Public Service and Community Media

Benedetta Brevini

The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society

University of Sydney. John Wiley and Sons, Inc



This article outlines the similarities and differences between public service and community media. It offers a useful overview of their defining characteristics whilst situating them internationally and nationally in terms of their politics and funding mechanisms. The author goes on to explore their contemporary commercial and technological challenges.

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