Accountability and the Public Interest in Broadcasting by Andrea Millwood Hargrave

By Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Opposed to a backdrop of great switch in know-how and the economics of broadcasting and new media, this well timed survey of latest attitudes to responsibility and the general public curiosity in broadcasting is predicated on over fifty interviews conducted in four democracies: India, Australia, the united kingdom and the united states.

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Or if the General Manager is here in Washington DC, they should make certain their Senator or representative is briefed on the good work the station is doing. Whether it’s reporting on at-risk, vulnerable communities, or what is being done to help education in classrooms, 36 Accountability t and th t e Public Interest in Broadcasting operators should let them know the initiatives being undertaken to serve their community. That way, y when there’s a piece of legislation coming up that might be detrimental to the broadcast business, the Congressional members understand that business.

They are doing work that matters and are making a difference. We W cannot let that legislation happen because it will negatively impact their stations and they may not be able to do some of the things the community needs”. While there is a debate in the UK about the importance of ‘localness’ in radio, Bill Bush thought this was an area that television should stay out of. ”. They’re going to bypass TV completely and go straight into downloading onto websites. The BBC shouldn’t be there, very expensive, not sure what it offers.

So it never really has the confidence to go out and draw tough lines in the sand because it is conscious that particularly television networks and radio networks will simply go behind its back and government will do whatever is within its power to essentially run the regulatory process itself. ((Jock Given, Swinburne Institute of Social Research, Australia) Generally, the role of the government in accountability was accepted. Government with all its flaws is accountable in a series of ways and provided it doesn’t abuse that, it’s better to have government 34 Accountability t and th t e Public Interest in Broadcasting accountability.

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