Governance of Public Service Media: Traditions and Transitions

Abstract


Media organizations – and with it the whole journalistic profession – are currently experiencing profound structural changes, as they are put under pressure by digitization and the erosion of established business models. These transitions also have consequences for public service media (PSM): On the one hand, PSM are necessarily obligated to their traditional public remit; on the other hand, they need to find a way to adapt to the realities of the present media world. How can PSM actors fulfill their social function in the digital communication environments of today? What are the consequences of the current transitions for media governance and policy-makers? Which funding models can help public media organizations to maintain quality? And how can the performance of PSM be measured after all? Our research offers answers to such questions from a comparative perspective – for example by compiling various key figures that display and quantify economic, program-related and audience-related dimensions of PSM, by evaluating different modes of project-based journalism funding, and by analyzing PSM activities in the online world.

Financing


Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), International Federation of Television Archives, Heinrich Graf Hardegg’sche Stiftung

Projects


Key figures of public service broadcasting

Digital archiving in public service media: Ethical issues and legal restrictions

Die grundrechtliche und wettbewerbsrechtliche Zulässigkeit projektbasierter Medienförderung

Lectures

Lectures

  • 25/05/2019 , Washington, D.C.
    Matthias Karmasin,  Florian Saurwein,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Public Service Broadcasting in Europe: Exploring the Relationship Between Funding and Audience Performance
    69th Annual ICA Conference: „Communication Beyond Boundaries“
  • 01/11/2018 , Lugano
    Matthias Karmasin,  Florian Saurwein,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Public service broadcasters in Europe: Exploring the input-impact-relations and their implications for media politics.
    ECREA 2018 - 7th European Communication Conference: "Centers and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation"
  • 12/10/2018 , Montreal
    Corinna Wenzel,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Memory of the future? Digital archives in public service media.
    19th annual meeting of the AoIR
  • 28/05/2018 , Prague
    Corinna Wenzel,  Tobias Eberwein: 
    Digital archiving in public service media: Ethical issues and legal restrictions
    68th Annual ICA Conference
  • 27/10/2017 , St. Pölten
    Matthias Karmasin,  Florian Saurwein,  Tobias Eberwein,  Nadja Christin Vogl: 
    Kennzahlen des öffentlichen Rundfunks – ein internationaler Vergleich [Key figures of public broadcasting – an international comparison]
    Gemeinsame Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Medienökonomie und des Netzwerks Medienstrukturen: "Zur Ökonomie gemeinwohlorientierter Medien"
  • 28/05/2017 , San Diego, CA
    Corinna Wenzel: 
    Why we need new types of public news funding
    ICA 67th Annual Conference
  • 12/05/2017 , Ghent
    Matthias Karmasin,  Florian Saurwein,  Tobias Eberwein,  Nadja Vogl: 
    For what it’s worth. Measuring the performance of public service broadcasters in Europe
    Annual conference of the European Media Management Association (emma): "Value Creation in Media Markets: Business Models, Clusters and Ecosystems"
  • 27/04/2017 , Chur
    Corinna Wenzel: 
    Projektbasierte Medienförderung und ihr Beitrag zur Qualität öffentlicher Kommunikation [Project-based media funding and its contribution to the quality of public communication]
    Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations‐ und Medienwissenschaft SGKM
  • 19/01/2017 , Salzburg
    Corinna Wenzel: 
    Digital communication, governance and society. How to safeguard public service journalism in a digital communication environment
    2017 Shanghai-Salzburg Seminar Series (SSSS Conference). Communication and Social Development II

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Eberwein, T., Saurwein, F., & Karmasin, M. (2019). Öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk in Europa: Ein kennzahlenbasierter Vergleich zum Verhältnis von Finanzierung und Publikumsleistungen [Public Service Broadcasting in Europe: A Key-figure-based Comparison of the Relation Between Funding and Audience Performance] [in print]. Jahrbuch Für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften, 60, n/a.
  • Saurwein, F., Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (2019). Public service media in Europe: Exploring the relationship between funding and audience performance. Javnost - The Public, 1-18. doi:10.1080/13183222.2019.1602812
  • Eberwein, T., Saurwein, F., Karmasin, M., & Vogl, N. (2019). Kennzahlen des öffentlichen Rundfunks – ein internationaler Vergleich [Key Figures of Public Broadcasting - an International Comparison]. In J. Krone & Gebesmair, A. (Eds.), Zur Ökonomie gemeinwohlorientierter Medien. Digitale Massenkommunikation in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. (pp. 187-207). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Gerard-Wenzel, C. (2017). Die Rechtsprechung des ÖVfGH zur Facebook-Aktivität des ORF. Feststellungen der Erkenntnisse VfGH v. 27.6.2013 und VfGH v. 2.4.2014 zu Rundfunkfreiheit und staatlichen Gewährleistungspflichten. Zeitschrift Für Medien- Und Kommunikationsrecht, 48, 20-24.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., & Saurwein, F. (2019). Öffentlicher Rundfunk in Europa: Finanzierung beeinflusst Publikumserfolg [Public broadcasting in Europe: Funding affects audience performance]. Derstandard.at. Retrieved from https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000107140530/oeffentlicher-rundfunk-in-europa-finanzierung-beeinflusst-publikumserfolg

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 02/05/2019 , Wien
    Matthias Karmasin: 
    Vorstellung einer CMC-Studie & Diskussion mit Harald Fidler
    Presseclub Concordia - Medienpolitisches Update zur ORF-Finanzierung
  • 02/04/2019 , Wien
    Matthias Karmasin: 
    Interview mit Matthias Karmasin zu ORF-Finanzierung, Kronen Zeitung und demokratische Rolle der Medien
    ORF Report (ORF 1)

 

In the media


Stephan Russ-Mohl (2019). Krasse Unterschiede. Öffentlich finanzierte Medienunternehmen verdanken ihre Existenzberechtigung nicht den Quoten. Zu messen wäre, welche Leistungen sie für welche Zielgruppen erstellen. Der Tagesspiegel, 7.4.2019, https://www.tagesspiegel.de/gesellschaft/medien/media-lab-krasse-unterschiede/24192168.html