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08 May 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

German Public Broadcasters try to defuse Public Value Test


As a new law is about to deliver to Public Broadcasters a golden opportunity to innovate and enhance the public’s attention and appreciation for their real and future value, they are trying to nip it in the bud.

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14 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Barking up the wrong tree: Quality in commercial television


Early on, private TV seemed to hold a promise. Huge amounts of money flowing into it generated step-by-step more expensive and thus better-looking programmes. Observers got the impression that it was going to mature into a medium of real public value. But then came a shock.

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03 Apr 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

Private Equity investors in German media


Ignoring the impact of private equity on media companies would turn a blind eye on the effects for the general economy and for society. A company that pays corporate income taxes, that creates jobs and that is not overwhelmed with debt is much more of a public asset than a business that goes to great lengths to make an operative profit which is, in fact, consumed by debt service.

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19 Mar 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

The German TV market as seen from abroad


Harry Hampson, a banker at JPMorgan, explains why international investors see Germany as a lucrative media market despite a number of spectacular business failures during the last two decades

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31 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Broadcasting regulations to govern online video?


As of now, German regulators stick to a rather arbitrary – though informal – definition of what qualifies an online service as broadcasting. This is somewhat absurd.

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29 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (5): Balancing stakeholders


Most of the currently existing rules still tend to probe in a relatively simplistic way into concentration of ownership or audience shares. Clear-sighted, media-minded politicians have consequently been calling for a fundamental reform.

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17 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (4): Dealing with complexity


How conclusive and straightforward is the connection between pluralism and its empirically observable descriptors? Which amount of uncertainty remains despite all efforts? Can circumstantial and contextual influences be factored into a comprehensive framework for evaluation?

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11 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (3): The challenges of diversity


While it is desirable to encourage the transfer of funds and knowledge into less developed media landscapes, there are strong concerns that entire cultures and political systems come under the influence of foreign shareholders with little or no interest at all in public value and local needs.

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07 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (2): The context of EU politics


Risk-based regulation might well turn out to be appropriate for the EU: consistently maintaining high standards (such as media pluralism), yet in such a way that innovative developments and competition are stimulated and the autonomy of the member states is retained.

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03 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (1): The concept of risk


The European Union would like to come up with no less than a universal mechanism to make sure that the news media effectively support the public sphere while not being at odds with either commercial freedom or the diverse national media landscapes.

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