The role of public service broadcasting in Cyprus during a time of austerity

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The primary concern of this essay is to explore the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) and public service media (PSM) in Cyprus. Following the recent closure of the Greek PSB and current public discussions concerning CYBC in Cyprus regarding changes to its funding model, this essay takes on added relevance. The study is divided into two sections. In the first, it addresses the normative role of PSB. It also sheds light on the ongoing existential debates regarding PSB in a digital environment. The second aims to explore the Cypriot audiovisual landscape and CYBC’s role within it following the EU bailout of the banking sector and during a time of austerity in Cyprus. The research draws on a wide range of primary and secondary sources. It combines longterm historical perspectives, discourse analysis of current policy decisions, media coverage and organisational changes at the CYBC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalCyprus Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • CYBC
  • Cyprus broadcasting corporation
  • PSB
  • PSM
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Public service media

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