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Media LocalismThe Policies of Place$
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Christopher Ali

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040726

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040726.001.0001

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The Solutions of Localism

The Solutions of Localism

Regulatory Approaches to the Crisis of Local Television

(p.128) 5 The Solutions of Localism
Media Localism

Christopher Ali

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 5 chronicles regulatory attempts to bolster local television, particularly local television news, in the US, UK and Canada. It argues that each of these attempts ultimately fell victim to status quo thinking, a reliance on market factors, and a fallback to default localism. The American case study is an analysis of the FCC’s Broadcast Localism Inquiry. The Canadian case study is an evaluation of the Local Programming Improvement Fund, a subsidy to bolster local news amongst television stations. The UK case study is on the Local Digital Television Programme Service, which was an attempt to establish a local television system akin to those in North America in 2013.

Keywords:   Broadcast Localism, LPIF, LDPTS, Local Television, Local News, Default Localism

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