The Problems with Reimagining Public Media in the Context of Global South

  • Anis Rahman School of Communication Simon Fraser University
Keywords: public media, global south

Abstract

This paper puts forward a case from the global south into the discussion of public media. It pays particular attention to Bangladesh, an epicenter of a thriving media system in South Asia. From a political economic perspective in this paper I ask: can the state broadcaster BTV be a public media? Based on a combination of methods including in-depth interviews and document analysis, I locate four problematic areas including political instrumentalization, commercialization, struggle for autonomy, and contradictory policy responses – all which impede BTV’s ability to perform as a public media. I argue that this inability has to be understood not as a failure of the state but as a result of colonial legacy, post-colonial transformation, as well as a derivative of neoliberal market-orientation of communications in the global South.
Published
2014-07-12
How to Cite
Rahman, A. (2014). The Problems with Reimagining Public Media in the Context of Global South. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication, 6(1), 56-65. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/stream/index.php/stream/article/view/88
Section
Research in Brief (Peer-Reviewed)