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Beyond Ratings or Quality. Surpassing the Dilemma of Entertainment in Public Broadcasting

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Entertainment is a sensitive issue for European public broadcasting organizations. After all, why does public television concern itself with entertainment to begin with? Should it not be left to the commercial networks? Contrary to common opinion, the author argues that public broadcasters can better fulfill their mission – making quality programs, supplying good information and involving people in a democratic culture – if entertainment is a significant and visible part of public programming.
This article specifically addresses the factors that complicate the full and ready acceptance of entertainment in public television: the rise of commercial television, the meaning of quality, the position of the viewer, the interpretation of ‘public service’ and the virtual absence of a quality discourse for TV-entertainment. Through a careful repertoire analysis of in-depth interviews with over fifty broadcasting professionals, the article also maps the various available options for turning entertainment into an inspiring and indispensable element of public programming.

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tv-entertainment, quality discourse, European public broadcasting
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Meijer, Irene. "Beyond Ratings or Quality. Surpassing the Dilemma of Entertainment in Public Broadcasting" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112145_index.html>

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Meijer, I. C. , 2003-05-27 "Beyond Ratings or Quality. Surpassing the Dilemma of Entertainment in Public Broadcasting" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112145_index.html

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Abstract: Entertainment is a sensitive issue for European public broadcasting organizations. After all, why does public television concern itself with entertainment to begin with? Should it not be left to the commercial networks? Contrary to common opinion, the author argues that public broadcasters can better fulfill their mission – making quality programs, supplying good information and involving people in a democratic culture – if entertainment is a significant and visible part of public programming.
This article specifically addresses the factors that complicate the full and ready acceptance of entertainment in public television: the rise of commercial television, the meaning of quality, the position of the viewer, the interpretation of ‘public service’ and the virtual absence of a quality discourse for TV-entertainment. Through a careful repertoire analysis of in-depth interviews with over fifty broadcasting professionals, the article also maps the various available options for turning entertainment into an inspiring and indispensable element of public programming.

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1 Beyond Ratings or Quality. Surpassing the Dilemma of Entertainment in Public Broadcasting1 Entertainment is a sensitive issue for European public broadcasting organizations (Maas 2001; Manschot 1994). Of all genres entertainment is the one that is most debated2. After all what is the particular relevancy of entertainment? Why does public television concern itself with entertainment to begin with? Should it not be left to the commercial networks (Landelijke publieke omroep 2000)? Significantly in a recent assessment of its programming
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