The UK PSB: Broadcasting Influenced by the State

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The UK PSB has been in operation since the 1920s, making it one of the longest established in all of Europe (Ofcom, 2006). There is no official definition for PSB, but authors of Power Without Responsibility: Press, Broadcasting and the Internet in Britain, James Curran and Jean Seaton, say that it “serves the need of democracy” by impartially reporting the news, promoting social inclusion, giving prominence to public affairs, and “generating content that has cultural value”, which means being the main source of cultural resources for society, rather than merely being for profit (Curran, Seaton, 2010). A general description of the PSB would be “any broadcasting that is influenced by the state” (Henderson, 2009). This includes the BBC, as well as news and current affairs programming that are required by law to “provide balance” (Henderson, 2009). PSB approaches broadcasting with the idea that the viewer is not just a consumer, but also a citizen. Programming should be used to promote social and cultural inclusion, and not just be for entertainment purposes. BBC is not the only network that fits under PSB, but includes ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, which all operate within PSB regulation (Henderson, 2009). According to Curran and Seaton without the PSB framework these stations would be American soap operas, variety shows, game and talk shows, and news would be reserved solely for news bulletins, advertisements would be longer and more frequent and more and more programming

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