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Public service broadcasting and the public sphere: report and video from a City symposium

Guests at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University discuss the fate of public service broadcasting in the face of a probable change of government (recorded 29 April 2010)
21 May 2010

Guests at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University discuss the fate of public service broadcasting in the face of a probable change of government (recorded 29 April 2010)

The panellists

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications, University of Westminster
Anthony Smith, CBE, writer of broadcasting, former President of Magdalen College
Jane Rogerson, Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Carole Tongue, UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity, former MEP
Michael Starks, Associate of Oxford University’s Programme in Comparative Media and Law

Chaired by Howard Tumber, Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London.

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