Catering for Minority Interests in Public Service Media Environments: Finland and the UK

Sihvonen, MLS and Simpson, S ORCID: 2010, Catering for Minority Interests in Public Service Media Environments: Finland and the UK , in: Reinterpretations of the Public Enterprise (RIPE) conference ‘Public Service Media After the Recession’, 8-11 September 2010, University of Westminister, London.

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This paper explores recent patterns of minority interest television programming in Finland and the UK and their implications for future public service broadcasting (PSB) environments. The provision of resources to cater for minority interests of various kinds has traditionally been a core feature of Finnish and UK broadcasting, despite PSB being distinctly different in terms of its organisation and delivery in each territory. The core argument of the paper is that the expansion of broadcasting systems since the mid-1980s, delivered for the most part through a process of neo-liberal marketisation, has altered the nature, extent and delivery pattern of broadcasting for minority audiences. The paper provides empirical evidence of how broadcasters in both cases have gravitated towards competing for audience share through concentrating their resources on populist, cost effective, forms of programming with important consequences for minority interest provision. The paper’s empirical data shows that the instances of this trend have occurred most strongly in the commercial sector. In the light of the current, and likely future, funding environment, the evidence of the paper points to the importance of maintaining public funding for minority programming in increasingly marketised broadcasting systems.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010 16:21
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