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Public Service Broadcasting and the Public Sphere: Normative Arguments from Habermasian Theory

Ramsey, Phil (2010) Public Service Broadcasting and the Public Sphere: Normative Arguments from Habermasian Theory. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 3 (2). pp. 1-14. [Journal article]

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Discussing Public Service Broadcasting from the perspective of the public sphere has both historical form and theoretical rationale. This article surveys some of the arguments forwarded on the commonality between the theoretical category of the public sphere, and Public Service Broadcasting (PSB). Drawing from scholarly work over the past three decades, it also addresses the problems with this approach, outlining an argument against applying public sphere theory in this setting. This article then applies normative arguments drawn from Habermasian theory to the subject, arguing that public sphere theory remains a critical tool for studying PSB. This article suggests that on the public sphere principles of inclusion, deliberation and opinion formation, PSB helps sustain the notion of the public sphere, and indeed provides one of the most important realisations of it. In particular, this article focuses on PSB in the UK, and gives evidence from the case of the BBC to support its claims.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Public Service Broadcasting; Public Sphere Theory; Jürgen Habermas; BBC.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:36084
Deposited By: Dr Phil Ramsey
Deposited On:21 Oct 2016 10:45
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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