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Traditional news values no longer hold: infotainment has the day. Journalism is in a terminal state of decline. Or so some contemporary commentators would argue. Although there has been a great diversity in format and ownership over time, Conboy demonstrates the surprising continuity of concerns in the history of journalism. Questions of political influence, the impact of advertising, the sensationalisation of news coverage, the 'dumbing down' of the press, the economic motives of newspaper owners - these are themes that emerge repeatedly over time and again today. In this book, Martin Conboy provides a history of the development of newspapers, periodicals and broadcast journalism which· enables readers to engage critically with contemporary issues within the news media· outlines the connections, as well as the distinctions, ...

The Impact of Broadcasting and the Public Sphere
The impact of broadcasting and the public sphere

Starting from the creation of the BBC this chapter will look at the key developments and themes relating to public service broadcasting in both its state-sponsored and its commercial varieties, and how these have contributed to shifting emphases in journalism. Two centuries after the first acknowledgement that periodical publications might serve the public as a sphere of discussion with those in authority as chronicled by Habermas (1992) broadcasting technologies were politically channelled into a second manifestation of the public sphere which was to have a profound effect upon the understanding of journalism within British culture.

Just like the first public sphere, the journalism of broadcast public service has not been without ...

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