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British Broadcasting and the Public-Private Dichotomy

Neoliberalism, Citizenship and the Public Sphere


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction, Theory and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Key Concepts in Broadcasting Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Simon Dawes
      Pages 39-66
    3. Simon Dawes
      Pages 91-114
  4. Problematizing Broadcasting Regulation in the UK

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
  5. Confronting the Public-Private Dichotomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Simon Dawes
      Pages 175-187
    3. Simon Dawes
      Pages 189-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-239

About this book


This text offers a theoretical engagement with the ways in which private and public interests - and how those interests have been understood - have framed the changing rationale for broadcasting regulation, using the first century of UK broadcasting as a starting point. Unlike most books on broadcasting, this text adopts an explicitly Foucauldian and genealogical perspective in its account of media history and power, and unpicks how the meanings of terms such as 'public service' and 'public interest', as well as 'competition' and 'choice', have evolved over time. In considering the appropriation by broadcasting scholars of concepts such as neoliberalism, citizenship and the public sphere to a critical account of broadcasting history, the book assesses their appropriateness and efficacy by engaging with interdisciplinary debates on each concept. This work will be of particular significance to academics and students with an interest in media theory, history, policy and regulation, as well as those disposed to understanding as well as critiquing the neoliberalization of public media.


broadcasting regulation UK broadcasting public-private dichotomy citizenship public sphere privatisation marketisation neoliberalism history of broadcasting

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut d’études culturelles et internationales (IECI) & Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines (CHCSC)Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ)VersaillesFrance

About the authors

Simon Dawes is Maître de Conférences at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France. 

Bibliographic information


“Dawes offers his monograph as a ‘supplement to the more traditional histories of broadcasting regulation’ ... . This is a study that offers the critical tools to make a sustained and detailed analysis of media policy and regulation rather than provide that analysis itself. … for those engaged in thinking about the role of PSB and of the issues and frameworks within which it is embedded, Dawes’s monograph provides an important and highly distinctive contribution.” (Andrew Spicer, Cercles, April, 2018)