European Television in the Digital Age: Issues, Dynamics and Realities / Edition 1

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European Television in the Digital Age traces the development of digital television and provides a clear, concise account of the dynamics and realities of the changing face of television in Europe. The book synthesizes an array of empirical research and case study work, summarizes theoretical arguments, and provides an up-to-date analysis of the European audiovisual landscape. The author offers a timely appraisal of the key issues surrounding digital television in Europe today and outlines the likely future trends.

Papathanassopoulos considers the problems associated with the new digital developments in Western Europe, the effects of the deregulation of European television, the economies of the new era and the issue of consolidation in the media industries. He also examines the future of public broadcasters, the role of the European Union and the impact of television in political communication. Special emphasis is given to the emergence and the effect of thematic channels, particularly on news, sports, music and children's programming.

European Television in the Digital Age is an invaluable textbook for students on courses in media and communication, European studies and national policy studies. It will also be a useful source for researchers and professionals in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos is a treasury ofinformation and of carefully set out argument ... For students ofthe media system, it is invaluable and has no substitute." TimesHigher Education Supplement

"European Television in the Digital Age provides awell-informed, well-researched and comprehensive overview of theissues and the dynamics that impact on European television systemsat the beginning of the 21st Century. By charting the key momentsin the development of the television industry in the last century,it provides a sound foundation for understanding the present stateof the industry as it faces the challenge of digital television.This book will be essential reading for all those who want tobetter understand the recent past, the present and the prospectsfor the future of the television industry in Europe." RalphNegrine, Director, Centre for Mass Communication Research,University of Leicester

"Stylianos Papathanassopoulos has achieved the near-impossiblefeat of providing a survey and assessment of issues anddevelopments in West European television that manages to beintegrated, inclusive and detailed at the same time. It doesjustice to the considerable diversity of the European televisionscene, while highlighting shared circumstances and underlyingdynamics. There is presently no more authoritative guide to thiscomplex topic and unlikely to be one for the foreseeable future. Ithas a story to tell as well as a fund of information to offer."Denis McQuail, Department of Politics, University ofSouthampton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745628721
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Stylianos Papathanassopoulos is Associate Professor,Department of Communication and Media Studies, National Universityof Athens

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Table of Contents

Figure and Tables.



Introduction: European Television in the Digital Age.

Part I: The Issues.

The Effects of Deregulation: An Overview.

Going Digital: The Advent of Digital Television in Europe.

Public Service Broadcasting in the Digital Age.

The Funding of Television in the age of Digitalization.

Media Concentration in the Age of Digital Television.

Politics in the Television Age.

Part II: European Television in the Twenty-firstCentury.

From the General and National to the Particular and Local.

More News and More News Channels.

More Sports Channels: The Advent of Sports Channels inEurope.

More Music Television Channels: Europe Dances to a NewRhythm.

More Children’s Channels: The Fastest Growing TelevisionMarket in Europe.

Conclusions: Television and its Viewers in the Internet Age.



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