Positioning Public Service Broadcasting in a Competitive TV Market. Small Country Programming Strategies based on a Wide-Reach Genre.

Fellner, Wolfgang and Grisold, Andrea (2009) Positioning Public Service Broadcasting in a Competitive TV Market. Small Country Programming Strategies based on a Wide-Reach Genre. Department of Economics Working Paper Series, 129. Department of Economics, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.

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Abstract

This article explores how a public service broadcasting company, namely ORF in Austria, has dealt with the challenges created by the dual system. An investigation of market requirements, public programming mandate, cost structure and financing needs reveals how economic and political constraints are interrelated. To illustrate this phenomenon, we focus on programming, specifically on the highly successful genre of popular folksy music ('Volkstümliche Musik'). Opinions of decision-makers responsible for programming strategies at the Austrian PSB company are linked with a detailed empirical analysis of one prosperous production within that genre. This enables us to draw a number of conclusions on the strategies pursued by public service broadcasting companies to master the changed market conditions and draw attention to so far unattended topics.

Item Type: Paper
Keywords: mass media / program supply / publicly provided goods / competitive TV market
Classification Codes: RVK QR 730 ; JEL H44, L32, L43, L82, M21
Divisions: Departments > Volkswirtschaft
Depositing User: Repository Administrator
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2009 14:24
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:41
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/166

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