News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment


Daya Kishan Thussu

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    To my wife Elizabeth, for all her love and unstinting support

    List of Tables and Figures

    • Table 1.1 Infotainment British-style: non-fiction programmes in the top ten, 1981–2006 37
    • Table 1.2 Expansion of TV channels in Europe 38
    • Table 1.3 Daily audience market share (%) of public television in Europe, selected countries 41
    • Figure 1.1 How television is funded: selected countries 26
    • Figure 1.2 Evening news viewership in the US, by network 27
    • Figure 1.3 Share of TV viewing in Britain 33
    • Table 3.1 Global 24/7 TV news networks 70
    • Table 3.2 British quality press coverage of Celebrity Big Brother87
    • Table 3.3 International infotainment: How the world's TV covered Shilpa's story 88
    • Figure 3.1 The global growth of 24/7 news channels 73

    About the Author

    Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication at the University of Westminster in London and Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. He is the author of International Communication – Continuity and Change (second edition, Hodder Arnold, 2006); co-author, with Oliver Boyd-Barrett, of Contra-Flow in Global News (John Libbey/UNESCO, 1992); editor of Electronic Empires – Global Media and Local Resistance (Arnold, 1998) and Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-flow (Routledge, 2007), and co-editor, with Des Freedman, of War and the Media – Reporting Conflict 24/7 (Sage, 2003) and, with Katherine Sarikakis, of Ideologies of the Internet (Hampton Press, 2006).

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