Positioning Public Service Broadcasting in a Competitive TV Market. Small Country Programming Strategies based on a Wide-Reach Genre.

Wolfgang Fellner, Andrea Grisold

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper

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This article explores how a public service broadcasting company, namely ORF in Austria, has dealt with the challenges created by the dual system. An investigation of market requirements, public programming mandate, cost structure and financing needs reveals how economic and political constraints are interrelated. To illustrate this phenomenon, we focus on programming, specifically on the highly successful genre of popular folksy music ('Volkstümliche Musik'). Opinions of decision-makers responsible for programming strategies at the Austrian PSB company are linked with a detailed empirical analysis of one prosperous production within that genre. This enables us to draw a number of conclusions on the strategies pursued by public service broadcasting companies to master the changed market conditions and draw attention to so far unattended topics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherDepartment of Economics, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

SeriesDepartment of Economics Working Paper Series

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 605003 Cultural economics
  • 502027 Political economy

WU Working Paper Series

  • Department of Economics Working Paper Series

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