Our weekly round-up of public service media news stories from around the world

30 May – 5 June


SABC launches a one stop Municipal Election shop

From SABC: SABC launches news website hosting latest election stories, information for voters and analysis.


China Radio International strikes deal with Jamaican public broadcaster-PBCJ

From the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union: China Radio International (CRI) has entered into an agreement with the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ) to share educational content, documentaries and a television series produced by the Chinese media entity, to be aired in Jamaica.

Japan’s TV stations tapping tourism boom, reaching out overseas

From the Japan Times: With Japan attracting a record-breaking influx of foreign tourists, broadcasters Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. and NHK are stepping up broadcasting overseas aimed at promoting tourism in Japan.

RSF condemns Philippine president-elect’s comments about journalists

From Reporters without Borders: RSF calls for journalists to boycott Philippine President-elect’s press conferences.

Student press editors urge Duterte to uphold media freedom in Philippines

From Asia Pacific Report

Syrian independent media evolves as civil war continues

From Center for International Media Assistance: The rise and evolution of independent news in Syria

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Former ABC boss Mark Scott appointed head of NSW Education Department

From ABC Online: Mr Scott left the ABC in April after a decade at the organisation’s helm.

Regional TV rejigged

From Radio New Zealand: New Zealand’s regional TV stations have struggled in recent years, and now backing from the public purse is switching to multimedia projects instead.

2016 ABU News Group Meeting gets underway in Sydney

From the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union: The annual ABU News Group Meeting, kicked off on the 1 June with the aim of improving the overall Asiavision news exchange operations.


Bosnian PSB to stop Broadcasting

From PMA: The Bosnia and Herzegovinian Radio and Television (BHRT) service will temporarily suspend broadcasting from the 30 June as a result of longstanding financial difficulties.

Channel 4 still in Discovery’s sights as likely ITV price cools interest

From The Guardian: Will Discovery buy a stake in the UK broadcaster Channel 4?


From The Community Channel: The Community Channel are looking for support to create the first people owned TV brand for social change. Owned by the community, for the community.

RTE isn’t the only public service broadcaster in town

From Independent.IE: A suggestion that other broadcasters who provide essential public service content throughout Ireland should be allowed to share in the license fee.

Saving RTÉ 252 Long Wave, Ireland’s Long Distance Broadcast Service

From Radio Survivor: Listeners are campaigning to save the long wave Irish radio station from closure, but management are adamant it will close.

Shutdown of Bosnia broadcaster “neither solution nor option”

From the OSCE: OSCE’s representative on Freedom of the Media has repeated her urgent call on authorities in Bosnia regarding the country’s public broadcasting system.

The BBC, the White Paper and the Future of UK Children’s Content

From the Media Policy Project, LSE: A blog by Professor Jeanette Steemers about her views on the future of children’s TV content as set out in the recent UK Government’s White Paper on the BBC.

Latin America

Argentina’s Héctor Magnetto on the Politics and Economics of Media Freedom

From Freedom House: Chief executive of Grupo Clarín, the largest media group in Argentina, speaks to Freedom House about Press Freedom issues in Latin America.

North America

Canadians support regulation, but not online

From iPolitics: A new poll suggests the majority of Canadians are against the regulation of online media.

CBC doubling down on digital strategy and investigative news in 2016-2017

From The Canadian Journalism Project: The CBC has set itself a challenge for the 2016-17 season—to be seen as leaders in both breaking and investigative news online as well as in broadcasting

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