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In this fascinating and accessible book, author Stephanie Marriott engages in a close and detailed analysis of the nature of live television. The book examines the transformations in our experience of time and space which are brought about by the capacity of broadcasting to bring us the world in the moment in which it is unfolding, situating the live television event in the context of an expanding and increasingly complex global communicative framework. Building her argument by means of a series of case studies of events as diverse as the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, the 2005 London bombings, election night coverage and live sports coverage, the author provides a meticulous and articulate account of ...

Time and the Live Event
Time and the live event

Why should liveness matter? … Because events only happen in the present. In a word, gambling.

(Peters, 2001: 719)
Liveness and Immediacy

If it is true that much of ‘live’ television is not truly or fully live, then it is equally true that the majority of television programmes are not live at all.1 The ratio of fully live to non-live broadcasting would be likely to increase, of course, on a day when a major catastrophe or disaster is dominating output on several channels. Even in such a case, however, chances are that the majority of satellite channels would still be relaying their standard mix of films, soaps, sitcoms, dramas and other pre-recorded material.

Liveness as a phenomenon of the schedules, ...

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