The disintegration of the state model in the english speaking caribbean: Restructuring and redefining public service broadcasting

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Abstract

Public service broadcasting evolved in the small states of the English speaking Caribbean as state broadcasting. As such, state broadcasting has been forced to change to compete with private broadcasters, cable, satellite and the internet. This article assesses the paradigm shift in public service broadcasting within the former British colonies of the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. Then the article discusses the changes in state broadcasting in the Caribbean region in recent decades in relation to market sector, audiences and digital technology. This is followed by a discussion on the policy directions, programming and mission of newly minted public service broadcasting (PSB) in the English speaking Caribbean with questions of the future of PSB in these small states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-572
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume73
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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