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By Andrea Millwood Hargrave

ISBN-10: 023059428X

ISBN-13: 9780230594289

ISBN-10: 134928551X

ISBN-13: 9781349285518

Opposed to a backdrop of great switch in expertise 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 USA.

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But the interests represented by these groups must be properly balanced, and some interviewees warned against capture by special interests: And I think there’s still this question of what’s the authenticity of groups that purport to represent segments of the public. Where do they get their legitimacy? Are they just self appointed? (Monroe Price, Annenberg School, Philadelphia, US) In the UK the concept of the advocacy group was less well-established, and caution was urged against the use of public outrage as a prompt to action: I think that the BBC ought to have to respond to strong public opinion, but they ought to respond through some formal institutions.

Together, they could be compared to the dimensions of a box, its height, length and width. ’ . . Those are all ways of easily visualising some portion of society interest in some particular situation which might be to maximise economic welfare and be indifferent to the allocation of the gains. That might be the case. You might say, all we want is for there to be more wealth and we don’t care in this particular case about how the wealth is allocated. If that’s the thing, the public interest (will then) point you fairly directly to an almost pure economics approach to addressing the problem.

However, the words are resolutely defended by Reed Hundt, who, appointed by President Clinton, served as Chair of the FCC between 1993 and 1997. 3 Fowler had said that the public interest was what interested the public. Hundt’s criticisms extended beyond Fowler to question some current economic orthodoxies: Mark’s a friend of mine and I’ve always said to him directly what I would say to you which is that, you know that’s just a word, you’ve turned an important idea into planned words and you’ve ridiculed it The Public Interest in Broadcasting n 49 in doing so and you know if what you mean is the same thing that Prime Minister Thatcher meant when she said, ‘there’s no such thing as society’, then say that’s what you mean.

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