The Public Media Alliance gathers research papers on public service media and policy from around the world

These papers and research websites cover a wide range of topics, such as the mounting challenges faced by TV and radio outlets due to diminishing budgets and converging media, as well as the perennial issues of independence and impartiality.

Is there a recent paper or website we have missed? Please get in touch, we would be pleased to review it here. Also see the Our Research section for our own research reports and handbooks on broadcasting. We also keep track of research news and calls for papers.

Some of the following pages contain links to articles that require an institutional log-in to view. Please refer to your University, institution or employer if this is the case.

Media Coverage of Science and Technology in Africa

2011
This paper critically analyses the role media has to play in facilitating the public understanding of science and technology across Africa.

Public policies for public service media

2010
UK and the German policy cases, with warnings and lessons from the USA.

Riding the Wave

2009
Grounded in a series of industry interviews taken from across six case studies and referencing recent literature and policy documents, this article analyses the impact of public broadcasting’s digital rebirth on traditional public service principles.

Beyond Broadcasting: The future of state owned broadcasters in Southern Africa

2009
This recommended article, supported by FesMedia Africa, conveys the complicated changes facing state-owned broadcasters in Southern Africa.

Media System, Public Knowledge and Democracy

2009
This article addresses the implications of the movement towards entertainment-centred, market-driven media by comparing what is reported and what the public knows in four countries with different media systems.

Public Media 2.0

2009
This White Paper explores the future for public media in the USA whilst considering its historical democratic role.

Reinventing Public Service Broadcasting in Europe

2008
The paper deals with the question whether the European full-fledged PSB model is still realistic or a more small-scale public service a la the American PBS would be a more viable prospect.

Public Service Broadcasting

2007
Karol Jakubowicz explores what the long-term future holds for public service broadcasting in the context of a rapidly changing media landscape.