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'Broadcasting in an Age of Commercialism' aims to analyse the competing values of public interest and commercialism in media policy and practice. As the articles in this Special Issue demonstrate, the same perennial concerns that have accompanied broadcasting regulation from its outset continue to be valid in the age of digital convergence. How to protect minors while safeguarding free speech? How to stimulate intellectual creation while ensuring viewers have access to a wide range of quality content? How to generate additional revenue without unduly compromising editorial integrity? These questions require effective regulatory design that carefully calibrates public service broadcasting and commercial pressures. This Special Issue cannot address all evils of the current status quo nor does it claim to be able to provide ultimate solutions. However, it will hopefully succeed in pointing to some thorny aspects of media regulation, and in making some suggestions as to what could be made better in the future and how broadcasting can embrace again its original public interest aspirations, and become central to the formation of an informed citizenry.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/JML.4.2.155

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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