Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Society
lecture by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz
on 02 July 2013
at the Public Service Media 2.0 Lab
Centre for Digital Cultures
Leuphana University Luneburg
In countries with a Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) system, everyone knows its radio and TV programmes, yet few are aware of what its mandate actually is and what role it plays in the overall media environment.
In his Luneburg lecture, constitutional law scholar Wolfgang Schulz gives a concise overview of the German PSB system. Continue reading
The project Public Service Media 2.0 ends, and a new book series starts. Media, Democracy & Political Process is published by meson press, a spin-off from our sister project, the Hybrid Publishing Lab. The series starts with the launch of two titles. The Open Access PDFs are ready for download, print versions can be ordered now:
Paradigm shift in German PSM opens opportunity
The decision for a public service youth platform on the Internet makes one feel like Alice in Wonderland (Engraving by John Tenniel 1865, source: Wikipedia).
In October 2014, the Prime Ministers of the German federal states instructed ARD and ZDF to devise an online-only youth offer – without connection to broadcast programmes, without three-step-test, without 7-day-depublication. This is nothing short of a paradigm shift in German media policy: the end of the primary role of linear broadcast and the secondary nature of online. The youth platform loses its convergent navel-cord to its technological origins in mass-media. PSM has arrived on the net. Or in the words of ARD-chief Lutz Marmor: “What is forward-looking about it is that the limitations on the Internet cease to apply.” Continue reading