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PhD Dissertation
Public Policy for Digital Terrestrial Television in the European Union.
Comparative analysis of Sweden and Spain

Author:  Roberto Suárez Candel
                  Department of Communication
                  Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona - Spain)

Supervisors:
Dr. Carles Llorens Maluquer - Dept. of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising, Autonomous University of Barcelona.
                           Dra. Mònica Terribas i Sala - Dept. of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University.

Abstract
In this PhD dissertation, public policy dealing with the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television is analysed. The main objectives of the research were: determining the appropriateness of public intervention, identifying tendencies and pointing out which strategies and policy mechanisms are the most effective ones in order to complete the switchover on the terrestrial platform.
In the first part, a theoretical framework regarding public policy for the media is defined. In addition, the repercussions of digitalisation on the television system are analysed. In the second part of the dissertation, the research focuses on the policies carried out by the European Union’s Institutions in order to assess how supranational actions condition the Member States’ initiatives by means of defining a reference framework. Following that, the cases of Sweden and Spain are compared. Both countries have been pioneers concerning DTT implementation within the European context. Their rich experiences provide useful lessons for other countries that have to confront the digital transition of terrestrial broadcasting in the next few years.

flechaDefended at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) on
     Sept. 30th, 2009. Grade: Excellent Cum Laude.

flechaAwarded with the 1st Prize in Communication Research 2010
     by the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia. [+ info]

flechaAwarded with the 1st Prize for PhD Projects 2005/06 by the
     Fundación Autor - SGAE. [+ info]

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Abstracts [English] - [Spanish]

flechaDissertation (full text in Spanish, 4.4Mb) [download]

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