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Future of Public Service Media in Europe

The Future of Public Service Media in Europe- Freedom, Independence and Media Relations with the State

Organised and supported by the Programme on Modern Poland, Collegium Civitas, the LSE Media Policy Project and Polis.

This symposium will take place in Silverstone Room, LSE Tower 3 on Friday 2 December 2016, from 10am to 6pm (please see below for more details). The symposium will bring together scholars, policy-makers and regulators to discuss issues of political interference and economic pressures that continue to challenge the development of democratic media cultures in Europe. In European media tradition, public service media (PSM) has been considered vital to European democracy. With its main duty to serve the public interest, throughout the territory and for the whole of the population of the country in which it is established, PSM has provided balance and ensured that the needs of all minorities are met. Public service television makes news more accessible for the population, fosters higher news consumption and results in better knowledge of public affairs in the population.

Recent years have brought about new challenges to media landscapes across Europe. Pressures from the commercial broadcasting and declining audiences have been compounded by political and financial pressures that have come to question the very existence, role and purpose of public service broadcasting. Numerous violations of public service media values, including the encroachment on freedom of expression, information, media freedom and pluralism, have been reported across Europe. There is widespread involvement of governments in the deterioration of conditions in which media, including public service broadcasting, functions.


We will discuss the following questions:

  • How does PSM monitor and control the power holders on behalf the citizens?
  • How is PSM guaranteed independence from the government and other political forces that determine the life of others?
  • How does PSM provide space for critical and reasoned public debate?
  • How does PSM give voice to the citizens, create public opinion and guide the decision-makers and power holders to their actions?

Please RSVP to Nikola Belakova: n.belakova@lse.ac.uk


Symposium Information


Title: The Future of Public Service Media in Europe: Freedom, Independence and Media Relations with the State

Date: Friday 2 December 2016

Time: 10:00 – 18:00

Venue: TW3.7.01A (Silverstone Room) Department of Media and Communications, 7th Floor, LSE Tower 3 (entrance from Tower 2), Clement’s Inn, Strand, London WC2A 2AZ



9:30-10:00 Coffee & Registration

10:00-10:10 Welcome

  10:10-11:00 Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia, Italy

The Future of Public Service Media in Europe: an academic perspective

  11:00-12:30 Public Service Media in Europe in a comparative perspective

  1. Damian Tambini, LSE, Public Service Media and Independence from the State in Comparative Perspective
  2. Des Freedman & Vana Goblot, Goldsmiths University, The Future of Public Service Media in Britain 
  3. Raymond Kuhn, Queen Mary University, The State and Public Service Media in France

Chair: Charlie Beckett, Polis, LSE

  12:30 -13:15 Lunch

  13:15-14:45 The Rise of Illiberal Democracies in Europe

  1. Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, Wroclaw University, Media & Democracy in CEE 30 Years After Communism
  2. Peter Bajomi-Lazar, CEU, Market Imperfections and State Imperfections: The Case of Hungary
  3. Stanislaw Mocek, Jacek Zakowski, Collegium Civitas & Eva Polonska, LSE, Media-Politics Nexus in Poland: Implications for Public Service Broadcasting

Chair: Monica Horten, LSE

  14:45 -15:15 Coffee break

  15:15 -16:45 The Rise of Illiberal Democracies in Europe II

  1. Sally Broughton Micova, University of East Anglia, The Legislative Machinations on PSB under New Authoritarianism
  2. Petros Iosifidis, City University, Greek ERT: State or Public Service Broadcaster?
  3. Eva Polonska, LSE: The EU and the Public Service Media in Europe

Chair: Corinne Schweizer, LSE

  16:45-17:00 Coffee break

  17:00-18:00 Ingrid Deltenre, Director General, European Broadcasting Union

The Future of Public Service Media in Europe: A Practitioner’s Perspective