EBU: Strong Public Service Media Good for Democracy

Published: 16 August 2016

Region: Europe

Screen_Shot_2016-08-18_at_19.44.10A healthy democracy is partially dependent on its public service media, according to a new research by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s leading alliance of public service broadcaster.

Based on data from 25 European countries, the EBU report shows the positive impact that strong publicly funded television and radio has had on voter turnout, control of corruption and press freedom. It also says that there is a strong correlation between a country’s public service broadcaster’s market and the demand for right-wing extremism.

Head of EBU Media Intelligence Service Roberto Suárez Candel, who also conducted the research, said that “a strong and well-funded public service media is not only about providing people with news, documentaries and entertainment – it’s also about contributing to democracy. While we can’t say that strong public TV and radio directly leads to greater democracy and less corruption, we have been able to show, for the first time, how these factors are connected”.

This research proves that strong public service media organizations can contribute to building healthy societies being linked to democratic governance, social cohesion and citizens’ trust in the media system.

To read the study: EBU-_PSM_Correlations_-_Links_between_PSM_and_societal_well-being.pdf