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Public Television in the Digital Era

Technological Challenges and New Strategies for Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. General Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 3-21
    3. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 47-79
  3. National Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-82
    2. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 83-104
    3. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 105-119
    4. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 120-135
    5. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 136-151
    6. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 152-162
    7. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 163-177
    8. Petros Iosifidis
      Pages 178-184
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 185-211

About this book


By looking at a range of different European Public Television (PTV) broadcasters, this book investigates the challenges that these broadcasters encounter in a competitive digital broadcasting environment and reveals the different policies and strategies that they are adopting in order to remain accountable, competitive and efficient.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.City UniversityLondonUK

About the authors

Petros Iosifidis is Professor in Media and Communication Policy in the Department of Sociology, City University London, UK. He is the author of Public Television in the Digital Era (2007), Global Media and Communication Policy (2011), co-author of The Political Economy of Television Sports Rights (2013) and editor of Reinventing Public Service Communication (2010).

Bibliographic information


'Iosifidis has produced an impressive piece of research. It is no mean feat to conduct a survey of this magnitude, drawing as it does on not only documentary materials but also elite interviews with industry experts, regulators and academics. The chapters devoted to each of the six countries are comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the trends and will be valuable reference points for other researchers.' - Thomas Gibbons, European Journal of Communication

'Petros Iosifidis. . . provides an informative comparative study of the state of public television in Europe, concentrating on six countries: the UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Sweden and Greece. These cases are chosen because they present a combination of large and small European states, size being an important factor for determining the relative strength of a country's television sector, and because they also reflect different traditions and cultures and illustrate different stages of development of public television . . . Drawing on interviews and a large amount of primary source material, the book provides useful data and analysis concerning the precise nature of the policy problems confronting policy-makers and public broadcasters.' - Peter Humphreys, Cultural Trends