Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3 (2010) 9–25 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187398609X12584657078448 brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Arab State Broadcasting Systems in Transition Th e Promise of the Public Service Broadcasting Model Muhammad I. Ayish , Professor College of Communication University of Sharjah P. O. Box 27272, Sharjah, UAE e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract In an Arab region entangled in global political, economic, social, and technological transforma- tions, it seems natural to see traditionally paternalistic state broadcasting systems going through transitions. It has been noted that in Arab countries where social and political reforms are highly visible, radio and television services have been most cognizant of the need to adapt to surrounding change. Yet, in the long run, if government broadcasters are perceived to evolve along a path most compatible with envisioned democratization trends, it is public service rather than commercial broadcasting that holds the promise for that democratic vision. State broadcasters share signiﬁ cant features with their public service counterparts when it comes to service universality, funding, social and cultural empowerment, and public interest orientations. It is true that state broad casters in Arab countries with a progressive democratic history have demonstrated a propensity to be
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: UNESCO; PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING; GLOBALIZATION; DEMOCRATIZATION; ARAB WORLD; STATE BROADCASTING
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