Workshop: Public Service Broadcasting in Europe in the Digital Age.

Friday July 1st, 2010 University of Exeter

The workshop investigates convergence in the regulation of public service broadcasting in Europe in a comparative context. The focus is the European Commission’s role in policy transfer in particular given that Member States have to clarify the subsidy of psbs under state aid rules. We shall be looking at general definitions of public service broadcasting, examining the European Commission’s interpretation of these (and whether the UK is being drawn upon as a benchmark), and implementation in the different national contexts.

9: 00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 10.00 Introduction

Alison Harcourt, University of Exeter and Richard Collins, Open University

10.00 - 10.45 Public Service Broadcasting – theory, general principles and remit

David Elstein, Broadcasting Policy Group

10.45 - 11.15 Tea and Coffee

11.15 - 12.00 EU state aid rules: was the BBC public value test an inspiration?

Anna Herold, European Commission, DG Information Society

12.00 - 12.45 Reforming public service broadcasting within the EU context: a comparison of the UK and France

David Levy, University of Oxford, Reuters Institute

12.45 - 14.00 Lunch – to be served in the Lecture Theatre foyer, Xfi Building

14.00 - 14.45 Germany: the 'Drei Stufen Test' and its consequences.

Roberto Suárez Candel, Hans Bredow Institut für Medienforschung

14.45 - 15.30 Public service broadcasting reform in Italy

Chris Hanretty, University of East Anglia

Marco Orofini, University of Milan

15.30 - 15.45 Tea and Coffee

15.45 - 16.30 case studies in national implementation under the 2009 Communication

Alison Harcourt, University of Exeter and Maria Michalis, University of Westminster

16.30 - 17.00

Final Comments and Close

Alison Harcourt and Richard Collins


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