Television At The Crossroads

Hardcover | June 11, 2001

byG. Wedell

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Television had, until recently, a social and cultural purpose. In Britain, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, were committed to develop and maintain these purposes. With the enlargement of the range of choices for viewers by digital television and the provision of access to cable and satellite TV and the Internet, the role of the terrestrial television channels is being diluted. The authors examine these effects and consider what can be done to maintain the standards and quality of television at a time of unlimited competition.

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Television had, until recently, a social and cultural purpose. In Britain, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, were committed to develop and maintain these purposes. With the enlargement of the range of choices for viewers by digital television and the provision of access to cable and satellite TV and the Internet, the role of the terrestrial ...

George Wedell is Professor Emeritus of Communications Policy, University of Manchester. Bryan Luckham is a Consultant, and was previously Director of Advanced Studies for the European Institute for the Media, Manchester and Düsseldorf.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:245 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:June 11, 2001Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333716469

ISBN - 13:9780333716465

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Part I: The Framework * Moving the Goalposts * Needs Must When Innovation Drives * The Accountants Drive Out the Guardians * Part II: The Content * That's All We Have Time For: News and Current Affairs * Sport: Does the Tail Wag the Dog? * The Battle For Ratings: Peak Hour Schedules * The Exploitation of Emotion * Minority Programmes: A Major Problem * Part III: The Future * Shoring-up the Stable Door: The Limits of Regulation * Professional in Search of a Profession * Television at the Crossroads: Which Way to Turn?

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