By Andrea Millwood Hargrave
Opposed to a backdrop of great switch in expertise and the economics of broadcasting and new media, this well timed survey of latest attitudes to responsibility and the general public curiosity in broadcasting relies on over fifty interviews conducted in four democracies: India, Australia, the united kingdom and the united states.
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This serious issue is never on the agenda, it’s never really dealt with fully f in the press. It’s also not dealt with by this administration which prefers to simply ignore it. Congress would just as soon ignore it, too. With such avoidance, bingo, you have a serious dollar situation. You have serious imbalances. You have a lot of things happening, simply because this issue of the debt hasn’t been addressed. If you’re relying on advocacy groups to address it, that simply won’t happen. (Bill Buzenberg, Center for Public Integrity, y US) We’ve got a million intermediary groups, it’s not like we have any shortage of intermediary groups.
In these circumstances, ‘regulatory efﬁciency’ becomes a wall against various sorts of public interest initiatives. During the interviews in the UK there was much debate about particular incidents that were felt to be failures of regulation (see Chapter 4 for more information). In discussing the need to prevent such incidents, Bill Bush thought that government should play a role. He called for a ‘modulated’ approach by government which would allow for an early warning when things were going wrong: What you want, rather than a tipped accountability scale, is something which is much more level.
Government with all its ﬂaws is accountable in a series of ways and provided it doesn’t abuse that, it’s better to have government 34 Accountability t and th t e Public Interest in Broadcasting accountability. As well as all the other forms, it’s not instead of, it’s as well as, but the others work better if there is a government backstop. (Bill Bush, Former Special Adviser to the Culture Secretary, y UK) But some interviewees felt there to be ﬂaws in the governmental process, and there was an insistence that the evidence for any governmental intervention should be clearly marked.
Accountability and the Public Interest in Broadcasting by Andrea Millwood Hargrave