NEWS published on 08 Nov 2017

New EBU Campaign shows strong public service media is key to strong society

Today, the EBU is launching a new campaign called Keep Media Good which demonstrates the positive impact public service media (PSM) has on societies.

This is the first time PSM organisations across Europe have come together with one unified voice to champion PSM, in the face of a proliferation of fake news, political imbalances, disputes over funding and the rise of online streaming giants. These combined trends distract from the fact that PSM is one of society’s most valuable assets.

Keep Media Good shows how PSM exists to inform, inspire, engage and innovate. The campaign aims to do that through a selection of audience stories depicting how lives have been transformed through public service media. It is reinforced by EBU research which shows a correlation between countries that have access to good public service media and countries that have stronger democracies.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Director General of the EBU Noel Curran said: “It is vitally important that people are reminded of the critical role public service media plays in society and everyday life. Public service media organisations are the biggest investors in European audiovisual production, European journalism and European audiovisual culture. They impact positively on people’s lives every day across the whole Continent. That is why we’ve launched the Keep Media Good campaign.

“Keep Media Good also shows how PSM has inspired people to follow their dreams. From France, to Portugal and Slovenia, members of the public have come together to share the impact PSM has had on their own lives. Whether a Paralympic athlete who was inspired to compete after watching the sport on television or people who have dedicated their lives to helping refugees having heard news reports on the crisis, I am proud we have been able to take these stories to audiences across Europe.”

EBU research shows how public service media enhances our daily lives and society as a whole including how: 

  • Vital societal indicators such as freedom of the press and low levels of corruption are statistically linked to the performance of PSM in each country.
  • PSM is a major employer - in the 56 nations that belong to the EBU, more than 250,000 people are directly employed in PSM work.
  • PSM sets an example in women’s leadership. Across all member nations, 22% of PSM leaders are women compared to only 3.4% of leaders in the general business community in the EU.

EBU data shows that public service media is a critical component to broadcast production in markets around Europe:

  • PSM organisations are the highest spenders on original content in 13 of the main 15 European countries and contribute far more to the support of independent production than commercial companies.
  • PSM organisations spend 2.6x more on content than Amazon and Netflix combined worldwide.
  • Almost two-thirds of programming shown by EBU Members is original content and 87% of it is made in the country itself or in an EU 28 nation.

To find out more about the Keep Media Good campaign visit the website.

Relevant Links

Keep Media Good
Public Service Media

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Michelle Roverelli
Head of Communications, Marketing and Events

+41 79 647 17 24