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The Contested Meaning of Public Service in American Television

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Abstract:

Public service and public interest are familiar phrases to those who follow U.S. broadcasting policy, yet clear and useful definitions of these terms have proven elusive over time. In the early 1900s, America s educational broadcasters built their definition of service on the foundation of comprehensive, pluralistic programming. .

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10714420214173

Affiliations: Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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