Public Service Media in Northern Ireland: Prominence and Vulnerability in a Small Media System

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Public Service Media remains at the centre of the public sphere in Northern Ireland. Public Service Media organisations such as the BBC broadcast in a society that remains politically and culturally divided. This has been the case for decades, even if the worst of the violence in Northern Ireland has now dissipated. The Northern Ireland media system includes local media provision, along with provision from the rest of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. This article identifies Northern Ireland’s media system as sharing characteristics with what Puppis (2009) defines as a small media system, under slightly different conditions. This article takes a Critical Political Economy approach to Public Service Media organisations operating in Northern Ireland, in order to argue that while there is prominence in the place of PSM in the media system, there is also vulnerability inherent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJavnost - The Public
Early online date14 May 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 14 May 2024

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  • media policy
  • media governance
  • public service media
  • small media systems
  • political-economy of media and communication
  • Northern Ireland


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