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Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting


A widely agreed definition of public service broadcasting is that it should revolve around a public service ethos, one that stands in contrast to the profit-oriented priorities of private or commercial broadcasting. Public service broadcasting systems also typically attempt to advance civic aims and values, providing a service that commercial companies won’t offer, while retaining independence from government.

Creative PEC research on this topic is focussed on measuring the economic and cultural value of public service broadcasting.

Publications and Posts

Policy Briefings
Press Releases
Access to Finance: launch of new research project

New research is being undertaken by Creative UK in partnership with the Creative Industries Policy a…

New research points to a looming creative economy skills shortage across the UK

New report shows ‘severe’ decline in creative further education participation Embargoed 17 July 00.0…

Press Release: New research, including – once in a decade data – provides comprehensive overview of audiences and workforce across arts, culture and heritage.

Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 15 May 2024 (BST) For the first time, census data has been used to provide…

Press Release: UK’s creative industries are an export success story

New report shows creative strength despite Brexit and Covid Embargoed 00.01 Wednesday 20 March 2024,…

Introducing the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network 

By Professor Hasan Bakhshi, Director Creative PEC and Professor Giorgio Fazio, Director of Research …

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‘One Creative North’ plans finalised at summit ahead of Convention of the North

30 organisations meet to set out a bold new vision for the north of England’s creative industries To…

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Press release: With coordinated action North of England based creative industries could add £10bn to the UK economy

Today, the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Creative Industries Polic…

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Press Release: ‘Creative Corridors’ can be the key to the UK’s creative industries’ ambitions

Today (Saturday 16 September), three major institutions announce a joint agreement to work together …

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Press release: Relationship between creative industries and gentrification overstated says new study

August 2023 – It’s a commonly held view that the arts drive gentrification. Many city leaders …

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Press Release: Could the UK be a creative haven for writers? With support from policymakers, yes, says new report

17 August 2023 – The latest Authors’ Earnings Survey, from researchers at the CREATe Research …

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Press release: Landmark Creative Industries report says: prioritise creative education, end unequal access to the arts and focus on the regenerative power of the creative sector

27 April 2023 – Today, the Creative PEC launches a landmark report – The State…

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Press release: Growing skills shortage & international trade decline post-Brexit

NEWS RELEASE Download the Press ReleaseEmbargoed: 00.01 UK time Thursday 30th March Two papers …

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The Media Bill and the future of Public Service Broadcasting policy

In March the government published the first draft of its long-awaited Media Bill. The Bill prop…

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Re-imagining Channel 4’s Future

Michelle Donelan, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has formally …

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Channel 4: Streaming on the world stage? Competing in the Changing Media Landscape

On April 28th, ‘The Government’s Vision for the Broadcasting Sector’ (CP 671) was published. The Whi…

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Envisioning Broadcasting Anew: the future of UK broadcasting policy

Last week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released its long-awaited&nbsp…

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Privatising Channel 4: The evidence behind the debate

On April 4th the government confirmed its plans to privatise Channel 4, the UK’s publicly …

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The challenge of engaging young audiences

Coinciding with the publication of the House of Lords’ report Public Service Broadcasting…

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Facebook’s advertising model threatens democratic values but regulators do have options to intervene

As we learn from the recent Ofcom and House of Lords Committee on Communications…

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House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee recommend greater safeguards for public service broadcasting

The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has published its report ‘Pub…

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The value of arts and culture

Defining culture, defining value Arts and cultural institutions must strive to be nimble in a fast-c…

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How do we safeguard public service media? Collaboration may be the answer

A new AHRC-funded Research Network, InnoPSM, at the University of Westminster brings together E…

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Why public media matters

The number of journalists killed worldwide in retaliation for their news reporting nearly doubled in…

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The public values of public service broadcasting

In our area of work, my fellow researchers and I are exploring a set of research questions inspired …


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