This briefing focuses on the media of countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in such societies – sometimes called fragile states – is increasingly relevant and sometimes critical to underpinning political and social development for the 21st century. It focuses especially on public service media – more traditionally called public service broadcasting – arguing that such media organisations have special characteristics relevant to divided societies.
Harding, P. Public service media in divided societies: Relic or renaissance? Policy Briefing 15. BBC Media Action, London, UK (2015) 28 pp.