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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 ...
Chapter 1: Mediated Interactions
On 31 December 1999 the BBC, in conjunction with 50 other broadcasters, launched what it described as a ‘complex and ambitious project on a scale never before attempted in the history of television’:1 a 25-hour live broadcast during which more than 2,000 cameras around the world, operating across some 60 satellite paths, would follow the build-up to midnight country-by-country as the international dateline moved west across the globe and the year 2000 dawned in each location in turn. The aim of this project, repeatedly declared by the BBC over the course of its live coverage, was to deliver to its viewers nothing less than ‘the world’ in its entirety:
In one revolution, in one day, we bring you the world. Wherever you are, ...