More local news, less text: government reform for public service

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The government announced new guidelines this week for how Sweden's three public service broadcasters should operate.

And this time, they include a few changes, aimed at taking a "changed media landscape" into account. A central theme in the proposal is to strike a balance between news broadcasters that receive public funds and private newspapers that struggle financially as readers move online and ad revenue drops.

The government also wants public broadcasters to broaden their coverage in so-called news deserts. The proposed guidelines cover the period 2020-2025 and the parliament is expected to vote on them this autumn.

Sweden has three public service media organisations that are independent of the government and commercial interests. They are Swedish Radio, of which Radio Sweden is a part, Swedish Television and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company, UR.

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