Routes to Content: how people decide what TV to watch

Professor Catherine Johnson, University of Huddersfield

With more than half of UK households owning an internet-connected TV and subscribed to at least one SVOD, this article sought to analyse how people discover and decide what television to watch and explore just how accessible public service television is. 

The contemporary media landscape has altered the discoverability of television content. More than half of UK households have a TV set connected to the internet and subscribe to at least one subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, multiplying the routes that people can

take to find the television programmes that they want to watch.

For the television industry, this means adopting new strategies to increase the discoverability and accessibility of their content. For regulators and policymakers, this challenges existing prominence legislation that aims to ensure that public service content is easy to find. Current prominence regulations were designed for the world of linear television channels and electronic programme guides, raising the question of how accessible public service television is in the new on-demand environment.”Go to report

News media broadly trusted, views of UK government response to COVID-19 highly polarised

Dr Richard Fletcher, Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

This Reuters Institute factsheet is the first of the UK COVID-19 news and information project and explores how people navigate news and information in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“In this RISJ Factsheet we examine people’s attitudes towards how news organisations, government and other institutions are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK based on a survey fielded from 10 April to 14 April.” – Reuters Institute for the

Study of JournalismGo to report

Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation

Dr. J. Scott Brennen, Felix Simon, Dr Philip N. Howard, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

A Reuters Institute factsheet identifying some of the main types of misinformation shared during the COVID-19 pandemic

“In this factsheet we identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. We analyse a sample of 225 pieces of misinformation rated false or misleading by fact-checkers and published in English between January and

the end of March 2020, drawn from a collection of fact-checks maintained by First Draft.” – Reuters Institute.Go to report

Trust in Media

Public Service Media are the most trusted source for news in 61% of European countries according to this EBU report. 

European Broadcasting Union

“This report brings you insights on how people are turning to public service media news content as an essential trusted source at a time of crisis such as COVID-19.”

The new 2020 Trust in Media report includes an infographic and the dataset. Open access, login

required.Go to report

Achieving Viability for Public Service Media in Challenging Settings

A Holistic Approach
James Deane, Pierre François Docquir, Winston Mano, Tarik Sabry, Naomi Sakr

Part of the CAMRI Policy Briefs series.

Multiple international organisations recognise the value of public service media (PSM) as an essential component of democratisation. Yet how can PSM achieve viability in settings where models of media independence and credibility are unfamiliar or rejected by political leaders? This Policy

Brief considers the issues, research and policy options around achieving viability for PSM. It concludes with six recommendations that are relevant to policymakers, practitioners and media studies specialistsGo to publication

The Value of PSM

This European Broadcast Union publication from January 2020 showcases the value that public service media brings to European citizens.

The content is available on the EBU website, via login.Go to website

Media Influence Matrix

Media Influence Matrix Project

Central European University’s Centre for Media, Data and Society (CEU-CMDS) 


Launched in 2017, the CMDS project maps and assesses “the state of journalism on a country-by-country basis”. Country reports include articles, analytical papers and data sets that aim to answer questions on regulation, funding and technology.Go to website

The Next Newsroom

Unlocking the power of AI for public service journalism

Atte Jääskeläinen and Maike Olij, EBU


The report sorts out real strategic opportunities from hype, and gives 30 concrete examples of successful projects and toolboxes and recommendations for news organisations. Login is required.Full report

The Journalism AI

Charlie Beckett


The Journalism AI report is based on a survey of 71 news organisations in 32 different countries regarding artificial intelligence and associated technologies. A wide range of journalists working with AI answered questions about their understanding of AI, how it was used in their newsrooms, and their views on the wider potential and risks for the news industry.Download full report

A Pillar of Democracy on Shaky Ground

Kondrad Adenauer Stiftung


This report gives an overview of public service media in South East Europe; referring to the ten countries, which the Media Programme of the KonradAdenauer-Stiftung covers. From Croatia to North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the Republic of Moldova, liberalised media markets

have emerged following the collapse of socialism and its state-controlled media systems. State broadcasters have become public service media. For the first time, essential information about individual public broadcasters is being gathered. Media experts from the respective countries write, among other things, about the history, the legal framework, the financing model and organisational structures in place. The chapters are supplemented with the results of a A Pillar of Democracy on Shaky Ground vi recent representative opinion poll commissioned by the Media Programme and conducted by the research institute Ipsos.Full report