In 1989, the Television without Frontiers Directive opened up European broadcasting markets. Monopolies were abolished and a market logic was introduced in a, traditionally, nationally embedded sector. The liberalization of the broadcasting sector in Europe gave rise to both fears and enormous aspirations.
This conference seizes the momentum of 20 years of television liberalization policies in Europe to critically evaluate the contributions of private television to cultural diversity, democracy and economic development, assess its strengths and weaknesses and build a forum for constructive debate among academics, policy makers and practioners about past, present and future perspectives on private television.
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