Local fiction series: the value of European Public Service Media (1990–2020)

Celina Navarro*, Núria García-Muñoz, Matilde Delgado

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This paper investigates the role of European Public Service Media (PSM) in the commissioning and scheduling of local series over the past three decades. With a comparative approach between the main European television markets (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain), the schedules of 30 seasons of 25 general-interest channels have been analysed to explore how the changes in the markets have altered the role of public channels as promoters of domestic fiction and local culture. The study shows a clear division along a Northern European axis with a large, uninterrupted commissioning of locally produced fiction, while Southern European public corporations have had a lower, more erratic approach. Despite this difference, all European PSM organisations analysed have maintained and increased the volume of local series titles during the last decade despite the appearance of portfolio DTT channels and transnational SVOD services, in contrast to commercial corporations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074-1090
Number of pages17
JournalMedia, Culture and Society
Issue number6
Early online date7 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2022


  • broadcasting
  • commissioning
  • Europe
  • high-end series
  • public service
  • soaps
  • TV drama


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