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American Television News : The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest

American Television News : The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765609236

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ISBN13: 978-0765609236
ISBN10: 0765609231
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

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American Television News : The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0765609236

Steve M. Barkin

ISBN13: 978-0765609236
ISBN10: 0765609231
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

This concise history of news broadcasting will appeal to both students and the general reader. Covering the radio days of the 1920s and 30s, the early days of television after World War II, through the present, the book shows how commercial interests, regulatory concerns, and financial considerations have always shaped the industry.

Focusing on both local and national news, the author shows how the network dominance of the 1950s ushered in the new prominence of the anchorman, a distinctly American development, and gave birth to the golden age of broadcasting which featured hard-hitting news and documentaries epitomized by Edward R. Murrow. He traces the financial pressures and advertising concerns that pushed the networks away from their commitment to the public interest in the 1960s and led to the rise of tabloid television -- celebrity, gossip driven soft news -- and news magazines. And he follows the rise of cable news in the 1980s that further transformed the industry, igniting intense competition for viewers. The book also considers how new electronic technologies will affect news delivery in the 21st century, and whether television news can still serve the public interest and maintain an audience.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Part I Broadcasting and the Culture of News

1 Electronic Journalism in a New Era
2 Beginnings: The Ethic of Commercialism
3 The Era of Network Dominance

Part II Seismic Shifts in Television News

4 60 Minutes and the News Magazine
5 Tabloid Television and a World of Talk
6 Hard News - Soft News
7 Prime-Time News Values
8 The Impact of CNN
9 Celebrity News

Part III Public Service in the Digital Age

10 Local News
11 Network News and the New Environment
12 Electronic Journalism and the Public Interest

Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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