From Public Service to Public Interest and Beyond in British Broadcasting Regulation

The Revue Française de la Civilisation Britannique published a special issue in December 2020 on the The BBC and Public Service Broadcasting in the Twentieth Century, edited by John Mullen, Lucie de Carvalho and Frédéric Armao. The issue featured my article on the history of concepts such as ‘public service’, ‘public interest’, ‘public value’ etc. in British broadcasting regulatory discourse since the 1920s.

Abstract: This article will focus on the evolving rationale for broadcasting regulation and understandings of the national interest in the UK, deconstructing the ongoing reconfiguration of the terms ‘public service’ and ‘public interest’, as well as ‘public control’ and ‘public value’, within regulatory documents, to argue that there has been an increasing marginalisation and reconstruction of the notion of ‘public service’ in favour of an approach that privileges competition above all else.

Issue: XXVI-1 | 2021 The BBC and Public Service Broadcasting in the Twentieth Century (openedition.org)

Article: From Public Service to Public Interest and Beyond in British Broadcasting Regulation (openedition.org)

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