Good reads about journalism, tech and media

New NHK Chief Maeda to Push Reforms

29 January 2020

Terunobu Maeda, the new president of NHK, expressed on Monday his determination to push ahead with reforms of the public broadcaster. “The three-part reforms of operations, viewing fees and governance must be pursued ceaselessly,” Maeda, 75, said at his inaugural news conference. More

Jobs Axed at Danish Public Broadcaster

By Kristian Porter

25 September 2018

Up to 400 job cuts and the closure of three radio channels and three TV channels sparks serious concern for the reach of DR and media pluralism in Denmark, Public Media Alliance reported. The changes are part of comprehensive media reforms agreed by the government and the Danish People’s Party (DF) in June, which will see public broadcaster DR’s overall expenditure cut by 20% over the next five years. More

Emily Bell: Public Service Media Today Has Its Most Important Role to Play Since World War II

By Anders Hofseth

3 April 2018

The ability of the media to secure democracy is being challenged by great disruptions: ad funding doesn’t work that well anymore and large, non-transparent platforms are increasingly central in our information flow. Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, thinks public service media may be about to play its most important role since World War II.

Switzerland TV License: Voters Reject Plan to Scrap Fee


4 March 2018

Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to abolish the national broadcasting license fee. The country was voting in a referendum on Sunday on whether to axe the mandatory yearly fee of 451 Swiss francs ($480; £348) per household.More than 71% voted against the plan, which was defeated in all 23 states. The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) offers programming in four different national languages – German, French, Italian, and Romantsch.

Moon Appoints Incumbent KBS Chief as Broadcaster’s New Head

By Ken Doctor

12 December 2018

President Moon Jae-in appointed incumbent KBS President Yang Sung-dong as the new chief of the nation’s largest broadcaster on Monday. KBS’ board of directors selected him Yang to continue leading the country’s public broadcaster in October. More

India: Rekindle Public Service Broadcasting

By VV Sundar

11 December 2018

Prasar Bharati is finally kicking off a manpower audit encompassing Doordarshan and All India Radio. Sometime back, Doordarshan announced its intent to re-design its antiquated logo. Perhaps nothing came of that exercise. The ‘eye’ logo, as it is popularly known, is easily the most recognised and iconic logo of the decades gone by. More