The European media landscape is changing profoundly. In this wide-ranging and timely text, members of the Euromedia Research Group examine the ways in which national and supranational policy is reacting to these changes. The contributors consider: the consequences for broadcasting systems of satellite and cable delivery; the fate of public broadcasting under deregulation; the changes currently affecting print media and newspapers; the impact of media changes for political and social cultural life; and the significance of the Internet, the first true fruit of the telematic revolution in communication.

Looking to the Future

Looking to the future

Calm before or after the Storm?

There is much news daily from Europe about new commercial developments, initiatives, take-overs and new technologies, especially affecting the future of older public broadcasting monopolies and new telecommunications businesses. There is much public debate and political concern about new or increased dangers to society and youth from pornography, violence and excessive commercialism. There are anxieties about the role of the media in democratic political processes. Nevertheless, we have not found abundant evidence of fundamental changes in the European landscape, with major foreseeable outcomes, in the recent past or currently under way. This is in contrast to the situation 10 years ago, when electronic media were in a state of flux and uncertainty and the ...

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