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.

The Brains Trust: A Historical Study of the Management of Liveness on Radio

The brains trust: A historical study of the management of liveness on radio

We study the past in order to understand the present. What today is familiar and taken for granted once was not so. There was a time when radio and television did not exist. When these new social technologies of communication began their historical, institutional life, those involved were faced with the task of finding immediate, practical solutions to the question of how to ‘do’ broadcasting across the whole range of an emerging programme output. What is radio news? What is television news? In each case, starting from scratch, answers had to be found to such basic questions by those who ...

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