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By Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Opposed to a backdrop of great switch in know-how and the economics of broadcasting and new media, this well timed survey of latest attitudes to responsibility and the general public curiosity in broadcasting relies on over fifty interviews conducted in four democracies: India, Australia, the united kingdom and the U.S..

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Bruce Meagher, Special Broadcasting Service, Australia) Our principal accountability is in terms of reporting annually to the Parliament which we do. We also appear three times a year before the Senate in the Senate Estimates process which ostensibly is designed to look at how Commonwealth entities spend public money. I think some of the Senators take a very broad view of that accountability and want to engage on editorial matters, which they certainly do. And we do that two or three times a year.

You might say, all we want is for there to be more wealth and we don’t care in this particular case about how the wealth is allocated. If that’s the thing, the public interest (will then) point you fairly directly to an almost pure economics approach to addressing the problem. But in some other case you might say, ‘you know what we want to do here, because of maybe the social parameter, we want to make sure that we are creating a public good’. A good as to which any new user doesn’t raise the total cost.

You have a lot of things happening, simply because this issue of the debt hasn’t been addressed. If you’re relying on advocacy groups to address it, that simply won’t happen. (Bill Buzenberg, Center for Public Integrity, y US) We’ve got a million intermediary groups, it’s not like we have any shortage of intermediary groups. Some of them are less powerful f than you might think they would be or that maybe you think they should be but we’ve got lots of them and any given American who’s even modestly active in society is probably the member of more than half a dozen intermediary groups that takes some decision at the FCC.

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