The concept of public service has been a central element of broadcasting culture in most national contexts for as long as broadcasting has existed. Yet current trends in media technology, governance and ownership present challenges to long-standing notions of the role of public service broadcasting.

This conference will examine the rapidly changing nexus of concerns around the role of public service broadcasting in an era marked by the advent of digital distribution, the expansion of bandwidth and, arguably, the diminishing importance of the national as a locus of identity for broadcasters and audiences.


nullDr Hannah Andrews (hannah.andrews@york.ac.uk)

Hannah joined York from the University of Warwick, where she studied for her Masters for Research in Film and Television Studies, and an AHRC-funded PhD.  I submitted my thesis, titled ‘Public Service Broadcasters and British Cinema 1990 – 2010’, in October 2011.  The thesis explores the relationship between cinema and television as media, cultural forms and industries in the UK.
Hannah has published papers on television in ScreenVisual Culture in Britain, and Journal of British Cinema and Television, and has presented work at a number of conferences and symposia.  She has also been a member of the Midlands Television Research Group since 2008.

Dr Martin Zeller-Jacques (marty.zeller-jacques@york.ac.uk)
Martin studied for his MA in Cinema, Television and Society, and his PhD in Film and Television Studies at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television in York.  He submitted his thesis, ‘Seriality and Closure in Contemporary American Television Drama’, in 2012, and is in the process of adapting portions of it for publication.  He has also published articles in several edited collections.

His core research centres upon television narrative, both in terms of its structure within the text and the ways in which it is produced and consumed.  Furthermore, he maintains active research interests in the fields of adaptations studies and gender/sexuality and the media.