This book overviews and reconsiders media organizations - the news agencies - which report and film the news for the press and broadcast media. Incorporating institutional, historical, political economic and cultural studies perspectives, the book: reviews agency provision of general news, video news and financial news; analyzes agency-state relations through periods of dramatic social upheaval; and critically examines the impact of deregulation and globalization on the news agency business. Contributors consider how leading players like Reuters and Associated Press help to define the nature of both the Global and the Local as well as focusing on the network of relations between international and national agencies. The book
Chapter 6: Global Battlefields
Television news pictures are provided to broadcasters worldwide by three commercial news agencies and a variety of co-operative news exchanges (the largest being Eurovision, based in Geneva). The television news agencies are the audiovisual counterparts to the wire services, and in two of the three cases (Reuters and Associated Press) are one and the same. These three companies exercise considerable control over the world's television news agenda, for most broadcasters have no other non-local sources for these influential and ideological products – the visual component of TV news. There has been little study of these companies, their processes of news selection and production, or the effect of this concentration of sources.
The three television news agencies which originate much of the international television ...