Drawing on the work of international contributors Media Organization and Production examines a wide range of global-local media organizations and the production of different mediums and genres. Following the editor's introduction which sets out the principal differences of approach and defining debates, chapters address: transnational and national, commercial and public service corporations; international film and TV co-productions; children's television news production, the historical development of ‘liveness’ on radio, and music journalism; the politics and organizational forms of alternative media production including radical newspapers, video and the internet; and the changing ߢproduction ecology’ of natural history television. These topics are examined through a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks that help to illuminate how cultural production often involves a complex articulation of differing influences and constraints, both material and discursive, intended and unintended, structurally determined and culturally mediated. Together the chapters in this book help to recover this complexity and thereby help us to better understand the nature and output of today's media.

Organisational Culture inside the BBC and CNN

Organisational culture inside the BBC and CNN
LucyKüng-Shankleman

This chapter provides a glimpse inside two of the world's leading media organisations during a period of turbulent environmental change. The BBC and CNN have very different histories, remits and identities, but both must now compete to provide news in a media environment shaped by increasing competition, globalisation, digitalisation and convergence. The focus of this chapter is corporate culture, and the unique role this plays in media organisations. Culture is a potent influence in any organisation, but particularly so in media ones. It can act as a powerful constraint, limiting acceptance of new products and processes, but it can also be a motivator, an enabler, a liberator of organisational energy. For both ...

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