The Broadcast Television Industry: (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Mass Communication) / Edition 1by James R. Walker, Douglas A. Ferguson
Pub. Date: 11/14/1997
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
This is the first look at the particular strengths and weaknesses of broadcast television written during the new age of television: an era that includes cable, home video, and digital satellite systems as competing distribution systems. The Broadcast Television Industry is a current, comprehensive review of the dominant distributor of television programming in the United States. The book reviews the history and current practices of both commercial and public television. Separate chapters explore the regulation of television, the operation of local stations and national networks, audience research, the impact of our most pervasive medium, and the future of broadcasting as a means of television distribution in an increasingly competitive environment. Broadcast and cable television managers and employees. Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Mass Communication
Table of Contents
“Conclusion” appears at the end of most chapters.
Broadcast Television: Advantages, Technology, and an Overview.
The Virtues of Plain Old Television.
Broadcast Television Technology.
Overview of the Book.
A History of Broadcast Television.
The First Generation of Television: Fifty Years to Overnight Success.
The Second Generation of Television: Competition for “Three Blind Mice.”
A Third Generation of Television?
The Economics of Broadcast Television.
How Broadcasting Differs from Other Products.
Economics of U. S. Broadcasting.
The Regulation of Broadcast Television.
Approaches to Government Control of Television.
Rationales for Regulation.
The Communications Act of 1934.
Key Provisions of the Communications Act of 1934.
Model of Broadcast Television Control.
Licensing and License Renewal.
Personal Attacks and Political Editorials.
Controlling the Networks.
The Local Television Station.
Station Ownership and Affiliate Status.
Sources of Programming.
Locally Produced Programming.
The Local News.
Other Local Productions.
Advertising and the Local Station.
The National Broadcast Industry.
The Big 4: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.
The New Networks.
Network Program Development and Acquisition.
Scheduling Practices and Strategies.
Audience Measurement: Viewer as Commodity.
The End of Mass Media?
Broadcast Audience Measurement.
Public Television: The Struggle for an Alternative.
Early Educational Broadcasting.
Emergence of Educational Television.
The Ford Foundation.
Joint Committee on Educational Television.
Post Freeze Growth and Development.
Educational Television Facilities Act of 1962.
Carnegie Commission on Educational Television.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Public Broadcasting Service.
Long-Range Financing for Public Television.
Station Program Cooperative.
Political Funding Issues.
Balance and Objectivity.
Congressional Elections of 1994.
Competing Plans to Fund Public Broadcasting.
Nonprofit versus Noncommercial.
Funding Issues, 1995-96.
The Impact of Television.
A Brief History of Television Effects Research.
The Effects of Television.
Our Theoretical Approach.
The Content of Television.
Television and Socialization.
The Impact of Televised Violence.
Television and Academic Performance.
The Impact of Television on Politics.
Who Is Most Likely to be Affected?
The Future of Broadcast Television.
Consolidation of the Television Industry.
The Information Superhighway: Will Broadcast Television Survive or Thrive?
Television as a Cultural Force.
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