Media Liberalisation and Democracy: The Case of Radio Broadcasting in SVG (Master’s Thesis)

With members of the panel after successfully defending my thesis on May 28th, 2012. From left: my advisor Dr. Chen Wei-hwa, me, Dr. Chen Tse-mei, Dr. Michael Chen (Photo: Jamali Jack).

This thesis investigates the extent to which the liberalisation of the radio industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has impacted citizens’ understanding of partisan political realities. It also explores the degree to which the people of SVG (Vincentians) have access to different views via radio. Additionally, it analyses the extent to which Vincentians have been empowered, through the information that radio disseminates, to make more informed choices relating to governance and everyday issues that affect them.

Further, this research project analyses how differences in radio ownership, vision, mission, and political sympathies, have translated into polysemic encoding and dissemination of current affairs information, negotiating the extent to which changes in radio access and choices have impacted on the Public Sphere in SVG, accounting for socio-cultural, socio-political, and socio-economic realities.

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