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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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The Media Trends 2015 Organizing Committee

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Friday, September 11 • 9:00am - 10:14am
Public Media: Convergence, Confrontation and Crisis

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Sarikakis: University of Vienna
Political disobedience and the fourth model of public service media in Europe: This paper explores in detail the concept and praxis of political disobedience in the process of the state's dismantling of public service media, with the specific example of Greece’s Hellenic Public Broadcaster and the model of self-governance developed and applied for 23 months. After a survey of the conditions of structural changes among PSBs in Europe, the paper discusses the motivations, dilemmas and challenges, legal, political and financial, in pursuing a sustainable form of political disobedience and establishing self-governance as the fourth model of public service broadcasting governance in Europe.

Rozgonyi: University of Vienna
The fading nature of ‘public interest’ in spectrum management - the governance of broadcast digitalization in Europe during the last decade: During the past decade the European and global digital switchover process (DSO) has implicated major changes on media markets, having severe impacts on media and electronic communications policy and regulation. The key expectations towards technological changes addressed critical policy goals, including more benefits to the citizens and the elimination of the information gap. The DSO is a special phenomenon in converging policy aspects: digitalization of broadcasting networks is at the crossroads of media and telecommunication policy and regulation; therefore the different approaches, rationales and interests of these distinct but related fields are present at the same time. The global and European trends of deregulation, liberalization and privatization of telecommunication, accompanied by the emerging concepts of the European Information Society and the single European information space - promoting a competitive digital economy and emphasizing the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a driver of inclusion and quality of life - have resulted in overwhelming representation of telecoms policy aspects during the DSO process, although named as an “integrated approach to information society and audiovisual media policies in the EU” (European Commission, 2005). 

Wenzel: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Public funding of media organizations - democratic media performance? The situation in Switzerland:The thesis of this paper is that public funding of journalism is the most effective tool in order to safeguard democratic media performance (Kiefer 2011; McChesney 2014). In order to address this research question, central criteria of democratic news performance in a digital environment will firstly be identified. Secondly, look at the situation in Switzerland.  The analysis will include structural data (organizational and journalists' routines, but also usage of their content) and content analysis in five different states.

Moderator: Alison Langley

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Krisztina Rozgonyi

Researcher, Media Governance and Industries Research Group at the University Vienna, Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswis
Dr. Krisztina Rozgonyi has been a senior regulator and legal adviser for a number of governments, regulators, and companies in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi used to be the Chairperson of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary, acts as adviser to the Serbian Government in digital switchover, works in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Georgia as director for the World Bank CAS InfoDev project. As an ITU/UN expert she also works for governments and regulators in... Read More →
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Katharine Sarikakis

Professor, University of Vienna
Professor Dr. Katharine Sarikakis researches the political processes and economic dimensions of media and communications governance, nationally and globally. She is currently working on a book, Communication and Control, which is under contract by Palgrave Macmillan. In it she explores issues of control over citizenship through commercial and political surveillance and communication and cultural policies of copyright, labor and ownership... Read More →

Corinna Wenzel

Research Assistant, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Corinna Wenzel is Research Assistant (Post Doc) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences since July 2014. She was previously Research Assistant at the University of Salzburg. Her research interests include: quality of media content; media policy actors and processes; media and democracy; public service broadcasting. She is currently involved in research on media quality in Austria.

Friday September 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:14am

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