1st Edition

European Media Policy for the Twenty-First Century Assessing the Past, Setting Agendas for the Future

Edited By Seamus Simpson, Manuel Puppis, Hilde van den Bulck Copyright 2016
    278 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    Media policy issues sit at the heart of the structure and functioning of media systems in Europe and beyond. This book brings together the work of a range of leading media policy scholars to provide inroads to a better understanding of how effective media policies can be developed to ensure a healthy communication sector that contributes to the wellbeing of individual citizens, as well as a more democratic society. Faced with a general atmosphere of disillusionment in the European project, one of the core questions tackled by the volume’s contributors is: what scope is there for European media policy that can exist beyond the national level? Uniquely, the volume’s chapters are structured around four key policy themes: media convergence; the continued role and position of public regulatory intervention in media policy; policy issues arising from the development of new electronic communication network environments; and lessons for European media policy from cases beyond the EU. In its chapters, the volume provides enriched understandings of the role and significance of policy actors, institutions, structures, instruments and processes in communication and media policy.

    Tables and Figures. Acknowledgements. Chapter One: Contextualising European Media Policy in the Twenty-First Century Manuel Puppis, Seamus Simpson and Hilde Van den Bulck Section One: Understanding Media Policy in an Environment of Media Convergence Chapter Two: Beyond the Buzz. Why Media Policy Researchers Should Study Teletext Hallvard Moe and Hilde Van den Bulck Chapter Three: Electronic Press Turning a New Leaf for Convergent Media Content Regulation? Irini Katsirea Chapter Four: #Tweetgate: When Public Service Broadcasters and Twitter Go to War – An Irish Perspective Jennifer Kavanagh Section Two: The Relevance of Public Regulatory Intervention in Media Policy Chapter Five: Is Self-Regulation Failing Children and Young People? Assessing the Use of Alternative Regulatory Instruments in the Area of Social Network Sites Eva Lievens Chapter Six: Media Policy and Regulation in Times of Crisis Corinna Wenzel and Stefan Gadringer and Josef Trappel Chapter Seven: Digital Switchover: EU State Aid, Public Subsidies and Enlargement Mark Wheeler Section Three: Regulatory Policy Issues in Advanced Communication Network Environments Chapter Eight: New Networks, Old Market Structures? The Race to Next Generation Networks in the EU and Calls for a New Regulatory Paradigm Maria Michalis Chapter Nine: The Net Neutrality Debate from a Public Sphere Perspective Francesca Musiani and Maria Löblich Chapter Ten: Access to the Network as a Universal Service Concept for European Information Society Olga Batura Section Four: Lessons for European Media Policy from Cases beyond the EU Chapter Eleven. Between Norms and Accomplishment: Lessons for EU Media Policy From EU Enlargements Beata Klimkiewicz Chapter Twelve: Convergent Media Policy: Reflections Based Upon the Australian Case Terry Flew Chapter Thirteen: Communications and Social Inclusion – Universal Service Policies in Europe and Latin America Maria Stella Righettini and Michele Tonellotto. List of Contributors. Index.


    Seamus Simpson is Professor of Media Policy at the University of Salford. His research interests are in European and global communications policy, areas in which he has published widely. Seamus's research has been funded by the ESRC and the European Commission. He was part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers team which undertook the first EU-funded evaluation of the pan-European communications regulator, BEREC, in 2012. Seamus is Chair of the Communication Law and Policy Division of the International Communication Association and an ICA Board of Directors member. In 2015, hejoined the Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Communication as a Senior Editor (Oxford University Press).

    Manuel Puppis is Associate Professor in Media Systems and Media Structures at the Department of Communication and Media Research (DCM), University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He currently serves as chair of ECREA’s Communication Law & Policy Section and board member of Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research (SACM). His research interests include media policy, media regulation and media governance, media systems in a comparative perspective, political communication and organization theory.

    Hilde Van den Bulck (PhD) is full professor of communication studies and head of the Media, Policy and Culture research group at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She combines expertise in media culture and identity with expertise in media policies and structures, looking at the impact of technological, economic, political and cultural developments on media structures and policies, with a focus on public service broadcasting. In both areas she has researched and published in books and ISI journals.