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Television Broadcasting in Contemporary France and Britain

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Television Broadcasting in Contemporary France and Britain

Edited by Michael Scriven and Monia Lecomte

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256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-946-8 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (April 1999)

ISBN  978-1-57181-754-9 25% OFF! $34.95/£24.00 $26.21/£18.00 Pb Published (April 1999)

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The importance of contemporary television broadcasting for the shaping and development of national cultures and identities is increasingly evident. Television as the privileged medium for the dissemination of information and for mass entertainment has irreversibly altered the manner in which nations perceive themselves and each other. This volume explores the multiple and complex ways in which audiovisual developments in two important European states have impacted on the life styles and attitudes of the population at large and its governing elites.

This is the first study that is devoted to the highly significant roles played by France and Britain in the formulation of European audiovisual policy and that provides a truly comparative analysis of the contemporary audiovisual scene in the two countries. It consists of four complementary sections: an overview of the audiovisual landscapes in Britain and France; an analysis of television programming; an account of the new cable and satellite media, and an assessment of European audiovisual integration. Overall, this volume offers a constructive contribution to the continuing debate on national and European broadcasting.

Michael Scriven is Professor of European Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and has published extensively in the field of French and European intellectual history, culture, and politics. He is a co-editor of Sartre Studies International.

Monia Lecomte is Research Assistant at the University of the West of England, Bristol and completing a doctoral thesis on French television.

Related Link: Of Related Interest:
Group Identities on French and British Television
Subject: Media Studies Sociology
Area: France Europe


List of Tables
Editorial Note
List of Abbreviations



Chapter 1. Television and the State
Raymond Kuhn and James Stanyer

Chapter 2. Independent Regulatory Authorities
Hervé Isar

Chapter 3. Two Conflicting Notions of Audiovisual Liberalisation
Serge Regourd

Chapter 4. The Future of Public Broadcasting
Jean-Claude Sergeant


Chapter 5. Two Programming Models
Régine Chaniac

Chapter 6. Cinema and Television: From Enmity to Interdependence
Lucy Mazdon

Chapter 7. Quality, Culture and Education
Susan Emanuel


Chapter 8. Satellite Television
Peter Goodwin

Chapter 9. Cable Television
Jean-Claude Sergeant

Chapter 10. Beyond Digital Television
Patrick Vittet-Philippe


Chapter 11. Multimedia Multinationals: Canal Plus and Reuters
Michael Palmer

Chapter 12. The Europeanisation of Programming
Alex Taylor

Chapter 13. Broadcasters' Involvement in Cinematographic Co-productions
Anne Jäckel

Chapter 14. The European Union Audiovisual Policies of the U.K. and France
Richard Collins

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Notes  on Contributors

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