Public Service Media

Informing, educating and entertaining

What is public service media?

Public service media (PSM) is broadcasting made, financed and controlled by the public, for the public.

PSM broadcasters are often established by law but are non-partisan, independent and run for the benefit of society as a whole.

Our Members share the same core values of:

  • Universality
  • Independence
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Accountability
  • Innovation

Their output is designed to inform, educate and entertain all audiences. 

PSM benefit society in many different ways from the positive impact they have on culture, education and democracy to their impact on the technological and the economic life of nations. Here are just a few of the ways PSM bring value to society:

Well-funded and strong public service media are the cornerstones of democratic societies and have been shown to correlate with higher degrees of press freedom, lower levels of right-wing extremism and better control of corruption.

With the proliferation of fake news and hate speech in the world today, an independent, trusted source of news and information has never been more important.

You can read more about how PSM have inspired ordinary people throughout Europe on our new website: Keep Media Good.

Our declaration

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Empowering Society
Declaration on the Core Values of Public Service Media
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EBU Editorial Principles
A model for the members of the European Broadcasting Union

Tools for public service media