Il servizio pubblico. Storia culturale delle televisioni in Europa

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The public service. Cultural history of televisions in Europe

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The public service represents the most important and original contribution that Europe has offered to the world history of television. Jérôme Bourdon's book fills an important gap and represents the first attempt to tell an integrated story of European television: the author identifies a series of red threads, exchanges and overlaps that intertwine over sixty years and which concern both the institutional and political-economic events and the contents and major genres (from information to fiction, from entertainment to reality TV) in the five most important countries of Western Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom), with forays into smaller countries as well (such as the Scandinavian countries, Portugal and the Netherlands). What emerges is a story characterized by important similarities and as many differences, concerning, for example, the ways in which different television systems have faced epochal changes such as de-regulation, the advent of commercial networks, the Auditel challenge. and public quantification systems, the international circulation of formats and the progressive 'Americanization' of the popular culture of the Old Continent. If, despite some attempts not always fully successful, it is difficult to identify a 'European television', nevertheless Europe has been able to give birth to a very peculiar form of television: despite all its fragility, it was born here and a notion has developed which has strongly influenced cultures and imaginaries. If the history of the European public service can finally be traced, its fate still remains uncertain. This book allows you to understand why, despite the attacks that come from all over, the public service deserves to be defended and revived.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The public service. Cultural history of televisions in Europe
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero
Number of pages266
ISBN (Print)9788834327838
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Europa
  • Servizio Pubblico
  • Televisione


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