2016

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Belgium

The conference is sponsored by the Belgian public service media organisation, VRT. The conference will be hosted by the University of Antwerp (Department of Political and Social Sciences) in collaboration with the Free University of Brussels (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication). Theme is Public Service Media In A Networked Society?

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As a result of the current crisis of the Welfare State, European PSMs are facing a challenging scenario of shared and individual concerns: institutional legitimacy problems, increasing competition of private television channels, difficulties for funding and implementing strategies to overcome digital challenges, problems to safe ward their editorial independence or worsening working conditions plu
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We ask whether the lens of fluidity useful in examining the adaptation of creative firms working in the digital realm.

We are beginning to use this tool as a way to see continual patterns of flow and change from production, distribution, and audience perspectives.

This constant state of adaptation can also be seen in the clustering of creative firms in London and Warsaw.

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With discussions on the role and effectiveness of public service media in a networked media ecology taking place alongside budget-cuts and (enforced) organziational efficiency, notions of ‘distinctiveness’ are often reflected in policy discussions. Especially during recent cutbacks, policy statements often reflected a ‘back-to-basics, back to core business’ rhetoric.

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This paper analyses managers’ perceptions and strategic responses to increasing media competition in three European countries with strong public broadcasting traditions. Of particular interest is how the historic public service mission is being refined, redefined, or rejected in today’s highly competitive contexts.

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his article explores the strategic functions of an experimental approach used by the Danish public service television channel DR3 in its original programming.

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Within the South African and Belgian contexts, Public Service Television remains a key role player in the dissemination of ideas around national identity. Moreover, in both contexts whiteness manifests as one aspect of national identity, and remains (to differing degrees) a normative construction.

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Flemish public television is increasingly conceived as a convergent, cross-media enterprise, which is most clearly exemplified by VRT's cross-media brand and platform for children, Ketnet. Drawing on theories about convergence and participation, the current paper empirically explores the production of children’s television by analysing Ketnet's online and cross-media presence.

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Confronted with technological, political and social changes, most public service broadcasters in Western Europe have lost the unquestionable ‘license to operate’ in the digital age. While research has focused on adaptation strategies for public service broadcasters, communicative legitimacy management has received insufficient attention.

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Drawing on Buckingham’s (2013) observation that academic research either has to become public knowledge or its originators must have a high visibility in the public realm before their research can find inclusion into policy-making processes, this article offers a variety of examples of how academics have managed to bridge the gap between media and communication policy scholarship and policy-mak

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