How Do Public Service Broadcasters Make a Case for Themselves? An Analysis of BBC’s ‘Charter Manifestos’

D'Arma, A. 2018. How Do Public Service Broadcasters Make a Case for Themselves? An Analysis of BBC’s ‘Charter Manifestos’. Journal of Information Policy. 8, pp. 199-226. doi:10.5325/jinfopoli.8.2018.0199

TitleHow Do Public Service Broadcasters Make a Case for Themselves? An Analysis of BBC’s ‘Charter Manifestos’
AuthorsD'Arma, A.
Abstract

As publicly-funded organisations operating in a sector characterized by ever-greater private-sector provision, public service broadcasters need to build a robust case for their continuing legitimacy. This paper examines the discursive strategies of the BBC in the UK in the context of the last three Royal Charter reviews. It shows that since the early 2000s, and particularly during the most recent Charter review, the BBC has deployed influential policy ideas on the creative economy to build a case that in keeping with the times emphasises its economic contribution as well as its more traditional role in fostering political and cultural citizenship.

KeywordsPublic Service Media (PSM); Public Service Broadcasting (PSB); BBC; broadcasting policy; media policy
JournalJournal of Information Policy
Journal citation8, pp. 199-226
ISSN2381-5892
2158-3897
Year2018
PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
Publisher's versionjinfopoli.8.2018.0199.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5325/jinfopoli.8.2018.0199
Publication dates
Published01 Aug 2018
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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