“Spain: television policies at the service of private interest"
Is Public Interest under Threat? - Media Policy Responses to the Private Sector Recession in Europe
Workshop hosted by Westminster University and ECREA Communication Policy & Law Section
London, October 2nd, 2009
David Fernández-Quijada & Roberto Suárez
This presentation describes and analyses the current situation of the Spanish television market as well as discusses three main policy initiatives carried by the government. In doing so, it wants to contribute to the reflection on how public policy is trying to face up the current crisis scenario. Among the expected results, the Spanish case is a good example to demonstrate how the key role of market players in the implementation of public policy affects the government’s actions. Therefore, their contribution to public interest is questionable. In addition, the analysis of the Spanish television policy, which is characterised by its fragmentation, the lack of a national regulatory authority and a strong clientelism, will demonstrate how the current conjuncture favours a radicalization of the Mediterranean polarized pluralist model described by Hallin and Mancini. Consequently, public policy is not helping to protect public interest but fostering private ones.
Keywords: Television Policy, Public Interest, Spain, Crisis.