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4th Private Television in Europe Conference: The Public Value of Commercial Television
08/06/2017 09:00 - 18:00
The research center SMIT will organize the fourth edition of the bi-annually organized Private Television Conference on 8 June 2017. Much has been said and written about private media and the way in which they contribute or fail to contribute to society, cultural identity, democracy, the production of high quality content, etc. In recent research more academic attention has been triggered for the topic. Often, research remains somewhat ideological, already from the outset refusing any public value can be created by private media players. However, some scholars have shown that also private media can and should play their part in democratic societies. The goal of this conference is to focus on the various aspects of private media and their role in contemporary European democratic societies. Following aspects will be covered: investments in local content, news and current affairs programming of commercial television companies, the way in which private television entrepreneurs think about the societal contribution of commercial television, the facilitating role of government (or not), etc. Speakers from European industry, academia and policy makers will present their views on these topics. 

The conference takes place in Brussels (Hotel Bloom). 

More information about registration fee, location and full program will be published soon on