Public Service Media in Challenging Times: Connectivity, Climate and
Corona. A talk by Graham Murdock
hosted and organised by InnoPSM: AHRC Research Network on Innovation in
Public Service Media Policies (https://innopsm.net/) and its event- and
work-stream on Envisioning Public Service Media Utopias
Date: Monday, 15 February 2021
Time: 16:00-18:00 (British Time)
Where? Zoom (you will receive a Zoom link plus access data at latest one
day before the event per e-mail)
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In this talk, Prof Graham Murdock will analyse public service media in
the challenging times we live in.
The institutions and animating ideals of public service broadcasting
have been under continuous pressure for the last four decades. Advocates
of marketisation have argued long and hard that they are no longer
relevant or needed in a world of digital abundance and infinite choice,
pointing to the increasing migration of young people to on-line
platforms. These arguments continue to gain traction. A new proposal for
an alternative future must place relations between broadcasting and the
internet at the centre of argument. Discussions around how these
relations might be organised has been underway for some time but recent
developments have invested them with new relevance and urgency.
2020 was marked by a global pandemic, an accelerating climate crisis,
and an explosion of direct action across the political spectrum. The
processes driving these events are still unfolding presenting Public
Service Media with both new challenges and new opportunities. The talk
will open a conversation of how we might respond.
About our speaker:
Graham Murdock is Emeritus Professor of Culture and Economy at
Loughborough University. He has written extensively on the political
economy of broadcasting, the idea of a digital commons, and on the
politics of risk, most recently in relation to the climate emergency. He
has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Auckland,
California at San Diego, Mexico City, Curtin, Bergen, the Free
University of Brussels, and Stockholm and taught widely across China.
His work has been translated into 21 languages.
Respondents: Alessandro d’Arma, University of Westminster; Minna Aslama
Horowitz, University of Helsinki; Klaus Unterberger, Austrian
Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) Public Value; Christian Fuchs, University