24 episodes

From the Public Media Alliance, a podcast which uncovers and provides insights into the world of public interest media. We’ll be asking the biggest questions facing the industry: What are the threats facing trusted, independent media? How can public media remain relevant and best demonstrate their value in the digital age? How do we keep journalists safe? Every month, we’ll be tackling these issues, and speaking to prominent commentators and practitioners about what answers and solutions are out there.

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From the Public Media Alliance, a podcast which uncovers and provides insights into the world of public interest media. We’ll be asking the biggest questions facing the industry: What are the threats facing trusted, independent media? How can public media remain relevant and best demonstrate their value in the digital age? How do we keep journalists safe? Every month, we’ll be tackling these issues, and speaking to prominent commentators and practitioners about what answers and solutions are out there.

    24. Why are so many American public media jobs being cut?

    24. Why are so many American public media jobs being cut?

    Why are so many American public media networks downsizing, and laying off staff?

    In this episode, we head stateside. In February 2023, NPR announced it was laying off 10-percent of its workforce – at least 100 people – facing a shortfall of 30-million dollars. And in June 2024, it was announced that PBS would be making 24 people redundant, and 7 vacant positions would be removed. In the intervening months between those two announcements, there has been a litany of layoffs from regional networks, from GBH in Boston to Colorado Public Radio in Denver.

    What’s causing these layoffs? And what impact will they have on the staff, on the content, and on the audiences? 

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Correspondents: Jamie Tahana and Charlotte Pion. Guests: Mary Cavallaro (SAG-AFTRA), Ken Doctor (Lookout Local), Patricia Harrison (CPB), Professor Nikki Usher (University of San Diego), Sofia Verza (Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom). Music: Rachel Still, Lucas Thompson, Tom Brazier. 

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    • 30 min
    23. How are public media covering elections?

    23. How are public media covering elections?

    More than three billion people will go to the polls in more than 80 countries this year, and public service media will be on the frontline for many of them.
    But at a time when democracy finds itself on increasingly threatened ground, with rising authoritarianism, apathy, and mis- and dis-information, how does PSM plan to cover them?

    In this latest episode of our podcast, Media Uncovered, we speak to GBC in Ghana, which is trying to reach as many remote communities as possible amid budget pressures, while creating mechanisms to maintain its accuracy; we’re in Brussels, looking at how various journalists and broadcasters are covering the European elections; and we ask PTS Taiwan if there’s any lessons from their experience in January.

    Presenter: Jamie Tahana. Correspondents: Charlotte Pion & Harry Lock. Guests: Amin Alhassan (GBC), Valentina Vasileva (VOA), Pascal Albrechtskirchinger (ZDF), Joosep Värk (ERR), Prof. Ike Picone (VUB), Ching Ching Hai (RTI). Music: Rachel Still, Lucas Thompson. SFX: TripleX

    • 31 min
    22 - What's happening to Argentina's public media?

    22 - What's happening to Argentina's public media?

    On 1 March, Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, stood up in Congress and announced the closure of Télam, the country’s national news agency. Come Monday morning, Télam’s headquarters were bordered up and guarded by police. No workers were allowed in.

    So why is Argentina’s public media sector being targeted? What has led to the closure of the news agency, amid further threats to privatise the national TV and radio broadcasters? 

    In this episode, we explore the turbulent history of the public media sector across Latin American. Specifically in Argentina, we analyse what has brought us to this current moment. We examine what impact might the closure of public media mean for the country’s broader news ecosystem. And we discuss what needs to happen next to protect and bolster public media for the future.

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Guests: Dr Rodrigo Gomez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa), Tomás Eliaschev, (Télam & SiPreBA), Natali Schejtman (University of Torcuato Di Tella).

    Music: Lucas Thompson, Rachel Still & Tom Brazier. SFX: Somos Télam & Pixabay.

    • 30 min
    21 - World Radio Day: How does radio inform, educate, and entertain?

    21 - World Radio Day: How does radio inform, educate, and entertain?

    To celebrate World Radio Day 2024, our podcast examines this year’s theme: ”Radio: A century informing, educating and entertaining”. 

    While radio has changed perhaps beyond all recognition since its inception, the three fundamental pillars of radio – and particularly public radio – remain as relevant and necessary today as ever. To explore this, we take a look at each pillar one by one, and speak to a different radio station about each one. 

    Tackling entertainment, we speak with ABC’s youth radio station, Triple J, on how they continue to reach and entertain young audiences. We travel to northern Norway to speak to NRK Sápmi, on how their content seeks to educate audiences – new and existing. And we finish in Barbados, speaking to Starcom Network Inc, on how their portfolio of radio stations inform audiences in the modern, digital age.

    We also talked to three leaders of public radio associations about the future of radio networks, the challenges they face, and the opportunities available in different regions of the world.  

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Producer: Jamie Tahana. Guests: Kristian Porter (PMA), Edita Kudláčová (EBU), Sonia Gill (CBU), Anthony Greene (Stardom Network Inc), Johan Ailo Kaldo (NRK Sápmi), and Lachlan Macara (ABC). 

    Music: Rachel Still, Lucas Thompson, Tom Brazier. 

    More World Radio Day content:

    https://www.publicmediaalliance.org/radio-the-trusted-guide-in-a-changing-world/

    https://www.publicmediaalliance.org/world-radio-days-a-century-of-informing-educating-entertaining/

    • 31 min
    20. What obligation does public media have to Indigenous Peoples?

    20. What obligation does public media have to Indigenous Peoples?

    With CBC/Radio-Canada publishing their first ever National Indigenous Strategy, we take a look at public media’s role in serving, reflecting and representing Indigenous audiences – both on and off screen. 

    We examine how public media historically have treated, reported on, and engaged with Indigenous communities. We look at current efforts by broadcasters including NITV, RNZ and NRK Sápmi to reach and connect with Indigenous audiences in meaningful and engaging ways. 

    And we explore CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy – what difference will it actually make? And will audiences notice a difference?

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Producer: Jamie Tahana. Guests: Johan Ailo Kaldo (NRK Sápmi), Tanya Denning-Orman (SBS / NITV), Robert Doane (CBC/Radio-Canada), Mirta Lourenco (UNESCO), Catherine Tait (CBC/Radio-Canada). Music: Rachel Still, Lucas Thompson, Tom Brazier. 

    Find out more about CBC/Radio-Canada’s strategy > https://www.publicmediaalliance.org/cbc-radio-canada-launches-first-ever-national-indigenous-strategy-and-establishes-new-indigenous-office/. 

    With thanks to: NRK, SBS, RNZ, CBC/Radio-Canada for additional materials.

    • 29 min
    19. How are PSM adapting to the digital age?

    19. How are PSM adapting to the digital age?

    What has the impact of the digital age been on public service media? What challenges has it thrown up? How have public media adapted? What opportunities does increasing digital connectivity throw up for public media entities? 

    In this one-on-one conversation with the Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Nic Newman, we explore how the digital age gives public media access to young audiences, how it has presented financial challenges, and how it has impacted the entire media ecosystem. 

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Guests: Nic Newman (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism)

    Music: Lucas Thompson, Rachel Still. 

    Links: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Digital News Report 2023: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/digital-news-report/2023

    PMA Global Grants 2024:

    What has the impact of the digital age been on public service media? What challenges has it thrown up? How have public media adapted? What opportunities does increasing digital connectivity throw up for public media entities? 

    In this one-on-one conversation with the Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Nic Newman, we explore how the digital age gives public media access to young audiences, how it has presented financial challenges, and how it has impacted the entire media ecosystem. 

    Presenter: Harry Lock. Guest: Nic Newman (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism)

    Music: Lucas Thompson, Rachel Still. 

    Links: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Digital News Report 2023: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/digital-news-report/2023

    PMA Global Grants 2024: https://www.publicmediaalliance.org/resources/grants-opportunities/pma-global-grant/.

    • 22 min

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