The best and latest public media innovations worldwide

PSM Innovations is a regularly updated feature, which explores the wide variety of innovations being adopted by public media globally. This includes anything from pioneering a new form of tech, or a new way of reaching unheard communities; to a bold move to protect journalists, or an experimental method of countering misinformation. 

This is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on how public media organisations are pushing boundaries and developing solutions to new or existing challenges.

If your organisation is embarking on a new innovation which you think PMA would be interested to hear about and share with our members, email us at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.

The Well Said project: “Yle’s act for a functioning democracy”


A project co-led by Finland’s public media organisation aims to improve the discussion culture in Finland, and support democracy.

Thai PBS' new website launched October 10, 2022. Credit: Thai PBS

Developing a website with public service at its core


Thai PBS launched a new website on October 10, 2022, which consolidates quality programs from 10 sub-sites in one place to provide users with access to comprehensive content.

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Discovering local music through public radio


At a time when it’s harder than ever to discover new local music, public radio stations across the United States and beyond continue to play a key role in bolstering local music economies.

The difference between regular font and the new font for dyslexic users on the NOS app. Credit: NOS

Dutch public broadcaster app made more accessible for people with dyslexia


A Dutch public media organisation has applied a new font style in its digital app which will make it easier to read for those with dyslexia.

Øyvind Vasaasen, NRK Security Manager. Credit: Christian Fougner/NRK

NRK publishes first ever threat assessment report


The Head of Security for Norway’s public media organisation explains what the new threat assessment involves and how it's mitigating risks.

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RTC FM adopts new systems, technologies for crisis management


Radio Turks & Caicos is developing a new weather reporting system for the region as part of its crisis management function.

SRG SSR building

The importance of Smart TV for SRG SSR


Switzerland’s public broadcaster, SRG SSR is enhancing its own streaming offer and looking at ways of optimising its reach via Smart TV.

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Public media organisations providing mental health services for staff


More public media organisations are offering mental health services and support for employees to improve mental health and wellbeing.

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SBS visualises a changing Australia


SBS launched the multilingual Australian Census Explorer last month to enable Australians to better understand how the country’s population has diversified in recent years.

From our Winter studio show, with the anchor Yvette Hermundstad together with expert commentators. Credit: SVT Sport

SVT Sport: A world leader in equal sports coverage


SVT has pioneered award-winning coverage of women’s sport and is aiming to become one of the first sports journalism gender-equal workforces.

RFI Afrique uses messaging application WhatsApp to interact with audiences across Africa. Credit: RFI.

RFI Afrique: Using WhatsApp to disseminate news across the continent


RFI Afrique’s innovative use of WhatsApp has been found to reach audiences across the continent, push back against disinformation, and combat accessibility challenges in Africa.

Micha interviews the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk at RTBF as part of an important working visit to Belgium.

RTBF supports Ukrainian refugees in Belgium


RTBF has helped expanded its offerings to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country since the Russian invasion.

BBC Young Reporter India.

Collaborative media literacy programme takes off in India


BBC Young Reporter India taught more than 8,000 school students about critical thinking, fact-checking and digital safety, to improve media literacy.

NOWU: public media paving the way for a ‘greener web’


France Télévisions and WDR have launched NOWU, a joint youth service aimed at engaging younger audiences about climate change and sustainability issues, and public media.

Participants on the trans-Atlantic Zoom call, clockwise from left: Steve Junker, of CAI, the program’s executive producer; Michel Francois, potter from Cornwall; Jennette Barnes, reporter from CAI; Sarah Caruso, potter from Cape Cod.

From Cornwall to Cape Cod: Collaborative radio project unites coastal stations across Atlantic


Public radio station CAI and community radio station Source FM have joined forces in an innovative new radio project to produce hour-long programmes of conversations between their communities.

KBS election coverage includes presenting a data show with the Blue House in Seoul as the background using XR. Credit: Korean Broadcasting System

KBS uses “cutting edge technology” in 2022 election coverage


South Korea’s largest and most trusted public broadcaster used technological innovation to push its election coverage to new heights.

Sunny, Korra and Bexx from youth-led LGBTQIA+ program '(in)visible', ABCQueer.

ABCQueer: Australia’s public broadcaster representing marginalised groups


ABCQueer is the Australian public broadcaster's innovative, dedicated channel for representing young LGBTQIA+ Australians.

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Czech Television’s services for children on Russia-Ukraine war


Czech Television has launched a new service for children to seek information and ask questions about the Russia-Ukraine war.

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Colombia’s local radio stations working for peace


In Colombia, local radio stations are being established to help communities rebuild after decades of civil war.

PBS

PBS’ Innovation Centers


A new production initiative by the US’ Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) exemplifies how public media is embracing digital innovation, collaboration, and diversity.

LRT RADIO’s multilingual radio shows


Over the past year, LRT RADIO has experimented with new ways to provide minority groups with trustworthy and reliable news and information.

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‘AccessCBC’ – CBC’s new initiative for creators with disabilities


Canada’s public broadcaster recently launched AccessCBC, a new initiative focused on increasing access to CBC for the disabled creator communities.

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‘TAHI’ – RNZ’s new platform dedicated for young people


For many public media organisations, reaching younger audiences is an ongoing challenge. RNZ's new platform 'TAHI' is an innovative response to this predicament.

Over to you...


Does your public media organisation have an innovation that you’d like to share?

Let us know by emailing us at editor@publicmediaalliance.org

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