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January 25, 2024

“Is something missing? Public service broadcasting and the diversity of perspectives”

To what extent do different perspectives on political and social issues shape the reporting of public service broadcasting (ÖRR)? Which perspectives of diverse population groups are – or should be – particularly important for the diversity of perspectives in public service broadcasting? What role does this play for citizens’ trust in the ÖRR? Like other journalistic offerings, it is losing trust, which is a worrying development for democracy. Can it be stopped by the ÖRR setting more varied accents?

These were the questions that guided the 1st CIVIS Media Dialogue, which was organized by the CIVIS Media Foundation together with the Mercator Foundation. The dialog was based on a new academic study that takes an in-depth look at the diversity of perspectives in ÖRR’s news formats, which has been the subject of heated debate for some time.

The analysis was presented on January 25, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., at the Mercator Foundation’s ProjectCenter, Neue Promenade 6, 10178 Berlin.

Click here for the results report.

The study was carried out by Professor Dr. Marcus Maurer and his team from the Institute for Journalism Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The study, co-financed by the Mercator Foundation, is based on a media content analysis in which the diversity of perspectives of ÖRR news formats is empirically examined in detail.

Participants: Professor Dr. Marcus Maurer from the Institute for Journalism Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Stefan Brandenburg, WDR Editor-in-Chief News, Stefan Locke, FAZ correspondent for Saxony and Thuringia, Bettina Schausten, Editor-in-Chief ZDF, Nadia Zaboura, communication scientist and media critic.

Moderation: Dr. Leonard Novy, journalist and Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Policy, Cologne.

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Here you can see the video of the CIVIS Media Dialogue