I’m sure there are few of the people reading this blog who have not turned on their TV at some point and been horribly depressed by the dire quality of some of what they are watching. With more than 4000 TV stations operating across the EU, is quality being sacrificed for commercial gain? A comprehensive study from the Open Society Institute in Budapest thinks so. You can read the full report here, but this quote sums up the essence of what they are saying:

    the argument for public service broadcasting remains compelling. Public service broadcasting is not only a bulwark against commercial trends that, left unchecked, would be likely to drive standards further down, reducing the less lucrative strands towards invisibility. It also provides essential leverage for raising standards in all programme genres.

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