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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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