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Understanding TelevisionAssignment TwoShane Gladstone Chose a television genre Outline its distinguishing characteristics and discuss its place in the medium of television today Make reference to at least two programmes in your answer Selected genre - Television News The BBC From the 1950s onwards numerous surveys of public opinion have demonstrated that the public learns about world news primarily from television Mullan B 199780 News tells stories The stories of our society both good and bad and as a television genre it is something we could not live without Reporting daily and ongoing events around the world in a spoken word image hybrid of everyday journalism Television News is widely regarded as THE mass medium the only constantly reliable information source to appear on our screens Even though technological advances and the ongoing development of the Internet have enforced demise in media control The explosion of Digital Television and News 24 both giving you up to the minute access and ongoing progress reports 24hrs a day shows why it deserves its status as a primary force with the medium of television today Each station follows a similar linear structure and operates around the same stylistic ideals however News comes in a variety of shapes and sizes simply compare for example the rolling reporter led CNN news the more entertaining News at Ten the discursive Channel 4 programme of the early evening and the conventional and painstakingly presented BBC bulletinsMullan B 199780 and you will see many differences in style conventions pace and structure I have chosen The BBC and its flagship channel BBC 1 as a model for my study into the genre of television news This decision was made primarily on the basis of The BBCs dedication to the genre Here is an example of how news programmes dominate the channels daily schedules Typical days listings Wednesday 4th December 02 600 - 915amBreakfast3hrs 15mins 100 - 130pmNational30mins 130 - 145pmLocal15mins 600 -
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