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Satellite Broadcasting by Ralph Negrine

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5Satellite Broadcasting in the UK

André Goodfriend

Background

For over 50 years the UK has been one of the major forces in world television. Its public service television structure has served as the model for numerous national television companies. The high quality of television programmes produced by British broadcasters has made Britain a major programme exporter, second only to the United States.1

Within the UK, television is strongly influenced by a public service tradition. Although it is often said that the public service principles governing British broadcasting emerged originally from the need to direct a scarce commodity to serve the common good, the increasing number of television channels has brought other arguments to bear on the ...

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