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RIPE@2016 was excellent!

The RIPE@2016 conference last week in Belgium was another excellent experience. Many participants have been writing messages of appreciation for our hosts -- VRT, the Flemish PSB provider, the University of Antwerp and the Free University of Brussels. The organisers did a terrific job of preparing a conference that was substantive in intellectual rigour, engaging in participatory discourse, and enjoyable in social experiences. The theme for our eighth biennial conference proved to be timely and highly relevant for both of the communities involved -- academic and practitioner: Public Service Media in a Networked Society?

We have not uploaded the conference papers yet because it's important to give authors the opportunity to decide if this might be a problem for anyone. Most are not concerned because the papers are now password protected, so anyone wanting to read a paper must register and have a personal password first (in the RIPE Library section of this site). This is how things work on ResearchGate and similar sites that most of us use these days to network with those most interested in our work. Next week we will upload all the papers for which there is not a request to not do so.

We now begin the process of selecting the best 15 to 20 papers for consideration as peer-reviewed chapters for the RIPE@2017 Reader that will be published by Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The eighth book in the series will be co-edited by Gregory Ferrell Lowe (University of Tampere, Finland) and Hilde Van den Bulck (University of Antwerp). Authors with papers invited for submission to the book are not guaranteed publication because we employ the same rigorous standards that apply to any quality journal in the field. And it is quite rare that there would a conference paper that doesn't require considerable development to be included in the collection. It will take a little time for the editors to review all 60+ of the conference papers to make the selection, so please be patient if you are an author of one of them. We will be in touch as soon as we can and hope that those with selected papers have not submitted elsewhere earlier. The series of RIPE Readers is the definite collection of scholarship on public service media in the past 15 years, and is the most widely cited source of articles as a collection. Moreover, Nordicom now provides all of the Readers as free downloads in PDF format. This boosts citations greatly, of course, and means the collection can be used by colleagues in places without funding for books and so forth. 

If you are on Facebook and not yet a friend of RIPE, please search and Like the RIPE page!  It is the daily site for keeping up with the latest information not only about the RIPE initiative, but also news and Calls for papers, etc that network members post. And if you aren't yet a member of the Global PSM Experts Network (Global@RIPE in collaboration with the EBU), please visit this project website and join so you can be added to the worldwide roster of experts. 


Welcome to Antwerp!!

The RIPE@2016 conference is next week!! On behalf of our hosts at VRT and the University of Antwerp as well as the Free University of Brussels, welcome to everyone who will participate, and for the rest of you in the network please follow the udpates on our FB page. The programme offers a stimulating range of issues for rich discussions about Public Service Media in the Networked Society -- with a question mark to signal interrogation of key assumptions about that. We wish everyone travelling to Antwerp a safe journey.

This year we have not uploaded the conference papers to the RIPE site in advance of the conference because there were some concerns among several colleagues in the RIPE@1014 conference about 'publishing' them online, which can cause problems for some journals. In response, this website was revamped last year so that today a user can browse the site without registering, but it is not possible to download papers without being registered and having a password. They are not published, therefore, but password protected. We hope that making this change will solve the problem since things now work the same as for sites like Research Gate and Academic . edu that most of us use these days. But because we don't want to make unmerited assumptions, we won't upload any of the papers to the RIPE Library for this conference until after Greg has permission from each author to do so (i.e. after anyone at the conference has ample opportunity to decline having the paper posted behind the password).  

If you are attending the conference and want to read the papers for your workgroup in advance, which we do recommend, please contact the Chair of your group. We have advised the six Chairs to be in touch with their respective group members about several things, and they have the papers as well. There are a few papers still missing, but we expect them to be done very soon. 

Looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp!

Call for Papers for a special journal issue on radio!!

The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media

Call for Papers: Special issue on Public Service Radio (15:1 May 2017)

Guest editors: Per Jauert, Aarhus University, Denmark and Marko Ala-Fossi, University of Tampere, Finland

Submission deadline 1 Dec 2016

Since the beginning of this century, public service broadcast media have faced a number of challenges due to the introduction and growth of digital platforms, which have combined free-to-air distribution with on-demand features, return channels, and options for user feedback and involvement – a move from public service broadcasting to public service media. This move beyond a transmission model for radio has stimulated the development of cross-media and cross-genre content and has challenged traditional concepts of radio structures as well as production, content, and listening cultures. Nonetheless, universally available broadcast radio is still arguably a defining criterion of the entire concept of PSB/PSM.

The Radio Journal invites scholarly work exploring and investigating, from multiple perspectives, the role and function of radio in the PSB/PSM turn, for example:
• How have national PSB/PSM policies and regulation initiatives influenced radio landscapes?
• To what extent have on-demand features changed production procedures, traditional radio genres, and perceptions of radio audiences?
• What are the consequences of the use of social media in radio production, distribution and audience behavior for traditional PSB radio?
• Will PSB radio still be one of the core services of public service media – or what roles and functions may PSB radio serve in post-broadcast societies?
The Radio Journal also invites submission to the general section of 15:1. The journal publishes critical analyses of radio and sound media across a variety of platforms, from broadcast to podcast and all in between.  We define ‘radio’ broadly to include not only traditional broadcasting, but any form of creative or factual expression that takes place primarily through sound. We place a strong emphasis on publishing work that reflects radio’s diversity, from a wide range of national and transnational perspectives.
Articles (6,000 – 8,000 words) should be submitted to Please include a separate cover page with: article title; author’s name and affiliation; brief abstract (100–200 words); keywords (6–8); author’s biography (100–200 words); author’s institutional postal and email address. No identifying information should appear on any other pages of the article, to aid in the blind review process.  See the Radio Journal website for more information and to download our Notes to Contributors for style and formatting instructions.

For queries, please contact:
Special Issue - Public Service Radio:
Per Jauert and Marko Ala-Fossi
General section: editors Michele Hilmes and Mia Lindgren

Des Freedman links for the Puttnam Report

Hi RIPE people! Just thought you might want to know that the full report of the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television, chaired by the film producer Lord Puttnam, has now been published and is available at You can also access the executive summary at and see recent press coverage, transcripts and recordings of events and a full list of submissions to the Inquiry at There's an interview with Lord Puttnam at OpenDemocracy at and a blog from me on the report at Hope you're all well. best Des

PSM in the Global South

A new e-book is available in Open Access format from Simon Fraser University. Download the book from this link: This is the culmination of a project that started in the RIPE@2014 conference in Tokyo, which benefitted from the participation of early career researchers from several countries in the Global South -- funded by a generous grant from the Open Societies Foundation. These participants met with colleagues from many countries and discussed the possibilities for publishing a report on common challenges and unique aspects of public service media as a developmental initiative in many countries outside the West today. The result is a useful and fascinating series of analyses of the situation in Bangladesh, Morocco, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Africa authored by scholars and practitioners with situated expertise in each case country. The lead editor is Anis Rahman at Simon Fraser Universities, one of the original grant recipients who volunteered to lead the project. He was assisted by Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Continuity Director for RIPE, who served as second editor.

RIPE@2016 Registration is Open!

The conference programme is taking shape nicely and the organizers have now opened the registration site for the RIPE@2016 conference, which takes place in Antwerp, Belgium on September 22-24. If you submitted a paper proposal and did not hear a response by now, please contact Hilde van den Bulck ( to get caught up on the review results. 

You can register for the conference on this link. The organisers are using a unique, dedicated website to handle logistics for this year's conference, so you won't use the RIPE website (i.e. this one you are now browsing) for registration. All of the substantive elements will be notified here, and the papers will be uploaded to the RIPE library on this site, but the logistics are handled separately. We hope this won't be an inconvenience for anyone. Our shared goal is to make sure that everything happens smoothly, that information is clear and easy to find, and that response time is rapid. 

Anyone with a paper accepted for presentation (based on the peer reviewed abstract) can register. Ph.D. students receive an appropriate discount. Space for those without a paper is limited, so if you want to attend but won't have a paper, please get in touch soon. 


The new RIPE Reader is published!!

The RIPE@2015 Reader has published and is now available from Nordicom. The book is tltled Crossing Borders and Boundaries in Public Service Media and the purchase price is only €28 euros. Here is the table of contents:

Chapter 1: Crossing Borders & Boundaries in PSM: Heritage, Complication and Development by Gregory Ferrell Lowe, Peter Goodwin & Nobuto Yamamoto

Chapter 2: Broadcasting in the Post-Broadcast Era: Technology and Institution in the Development of Public Service Media by Taisto Hujanen

Chapter 3: The PSM Paradox with Net Neutrality by Marko Ala-Fossi

Chapter 4: Above Us the Sky: The New Battle for Borders in Spectrum Allocation by Sylvia Harvey

Chapter 5: Public Service Media in ‘Coopetitive’ Networks of Marketisation by Tanja Meyerhofer

Chapter 6: European Public Service Media and Communication Rights by Minna Aslama Horowitz & Hannu Nieminen

Chapter 7: International Broadcasting and Editorial Independence: Case NHK Japan by Takashi Ito

Chapter 8: Fighting the Neoliberalised Media Market and State Interference:The Interdependency of Taiwan PTS and Civil Society Organisations by Hui-Ju Tsai

Chapter 9. PSB and Press Freedom in the 2010s: Challenges for Radio Television Hong Kong by Ken-ichi Yamada & Nobuto Yamamoto

Chapter 10. State-administered Public Service Broadcasting in Morocco by Bouziane Zaid

Chapter 11: Public Service Media and the Commons: Crossing Conceptual and institutional boundaries by Corinne Schweizer

Chapter 12: Finding Public Service Media in a Global Mediascape by Lizzie Jackson

Chapter 13: Crossing New Boundaries in Public TV Drama: The Transnational Success of Denmark’s Forbrydelsen by Trisha Dunleavy

Chapter 14: PSM Going Global? Navigating the Trans Border Rights Minefield by Benjamin J. Bates

Chapter 15: Crossing Boundaries for Innovation: Content Development for PSM at Yle by Sari Virta & Gregory Ferrell Lowe

Order your personal copy today, and please encourage your university or institutional library to order a copy as well! This is a not-for-profit publication, so all proceeds go directly to paying off the publication costs.


Greg Lowe

Welcome to the new RIPE website!

The RIPE website has been renewed and we hope you like the new look and find the usability much improved. Our site is cleaner, clearer and more contemporary, and most importantly better for finding and downloading papers from past conferences. This is the blog section where we will keep everyone updated on current happenings.

At the moment we are eagerly anticipating the release of the RIPE@2015 Reader from Nordicom. That is due out any day now! And the excitement is building for the RIPE@2016 conference next September in Belgium. Working with a couple of young researchers from Australia, we are organising a first ever pre-conference for the afternoon before the welcoming reception. Called ERC@RIPE, the pre-conference will launch a new RIPE initiative to support Early Career Researchers. 

Also take a look at Get Involved! to learn about another initiative we are developing in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union. It's called the Global PSM Experts network. If you haven't already, we hope you will  join! You'll find past newsletters and contact information. This is a very interesting project that supports global networking and comparative research. 

You don’t need to register to access our new site, but if you want to download papers from the RIPE Library then it is necessary to register. We’ve made that easy to do and you only need to provide your name and email address. You will then create a password and after that you are good to go! We did this to solve a problem with ‘open publication’ that colleagues in the network have been dealing with in recent years. We promise your personal information won’t be shared with any third party.

So welcome to the new RIPE site, and have a good time!


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