International Satellite Broadcasting in South Asia: Political, Economic and Cultural Implications

International Satellite Broadcasting in South Asia: Political, Economic and Cultural Implications

by Srinivas R. Melkote
     
 

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International Satellite Broadcasting in South Asia focuses on the increase in the popularity of television in India beginning with the entrance of Hong Kong Based STAR-TV in 1991. This television system, which initially carried mostly Western programs, radically changed the nature of entertainment communications in countries where communications were generally

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International Satellite Broadcasting in South Asia focuses on the increase in the popularity of television in India beginning with the entrance of Hong Kong Based STAR-TV in 1991. This television system, which initially carried mostly Western programs, radically changed the nature of entertainment communications in countries where communications were generally state-controlled. These essays address the political, economic, and cultural significance and impact of transnational satellite networks in India, questioning the cultural effects of Western media programs on the recipient non-Western countries. They contain a survey of STAR-TV and the state-controlled Doordarshan as well as explore issues such as media and identity, pro-social entertainment television and culture as a market force.

Editorial Reviews

Contemporary South Asia
This small book. . . marks a significant contribution to the literature on international political communication.
Booknews
Comprises 15 contributions on theory, research, and policy issues arising from recent developments in Asian satellite broadcasting, best exemplified by the dramatic rise of international satellite networks such as STAR-TV. Representative topics include a political economy perspective on the history of television in India, cultural influences of Indian cinema on Indian television, an audience-centered case study of Chennai City on the use of STAR- TV and Doordarshan, and a critical examination of a UNESCO study on television flows in Europe and Asia. The focus of many of the contributions are the various aspects of cultural/media imperialism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761812029
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
08/20/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.99(d)

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Srinivas R. Melkote is Professor of Telecommunications at Bowling Green University.

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