Around the world, the historical evolution of television follows every country’s history and is closely related to the structures of every society within which it operates. In Cyprus, broadcasting remained under the direct control of the state for more than thirty years while significant political events can be associated with changes in the audiovisual media landscape. Public service broadcasting (PSB) television was established in 1957, only three years before the country denounced British colonialism and became an independent Republic, under the auspices and guidance of the BBC. For thirty-five years, the one and only PSB television channel was predominating the country’s broadcasting sector and it was only in 1992 that private television channels were allowed to operate. As expected, broadcasting suffered a series of political demerits that left narrow margins for growth and technological development. This article presents a historical overview of the evolution of television in the country in accordance to the specific historical artefacts that took place and generated a series of disadvantages still reflecting upon the Cypriot private broadcasting sector. The aim of the article is to present the interrelation between private broadcasting and politics and its current aftermath in Cyprus. Through a comparative analysis of different surveys (conducted after 2000) depicting the audience’s points of view regarding private and PSB television, this study highlights the specific characteristics, structures and vulnerabilities of the current broadcasting sector in Cyprus.

Television, Cyprus, Private Channels, Public Service Broadcasting, Broadcasting Sector, Commercial Channels, Audiovisual Media
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 6, No 11 (2017): History of Europe’s Commercial TV; 102-112

Maniou, Theodora A. (2017). From PSB to Privatisation: Structures and Vulnerabilities of the Greek-Cypriot Broadcasting Sector. VIEW Journal, 6(11), 102–112. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2017.jethc127