Restyling Factual TV: Audiences and News, Documentary and Reality Genres

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News and current affairs, documentary and reality TV are part of a turbulent time in broadcasting as the boundaries between fact and fiction are pushed to the limits. Restyling Factual TV addresses the wide range of programmes that fall within the category of 'factuality', from politics, to natural history, to reality entertainment. It looks at ways viewers navigate their way through a busy, noisy and constantly changing factual television environment.

Focusing on contemporary trends in the world of television, primarily in Britain and Sweden (both countries with a public service tradition), but with reference to other countries such as the US, Annette Hill investigates complex issues such as genre evaluation, the truth claims of factual television, knowledge and learning, and fair treatment in factual programming. Audience research highlights how people engage with and reflect on various representations of reality and, by looking at factuality in this way, we can see how audiences are centre stage in the transformation of factual television.

About the Author:
Annette Hill is Professor of Media and Research Director of the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster

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Editorial Reviews

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"Restyling Factual TV is a major contribution to our understanding of audience responses to the reality formats on television. The comparative perspective, involving British and Swedish audiences, is particularly rewarding, and much needed, since international reality formats are adapted to national settings."

Göran Bolin, Professor of Media & Communication Studies, Södertörn University College, Sweden

"Hill gives fresh momentum and focus to the agenda of audience research. In exploring how the reworking of factual forms is affecting cultures of viewing, she poses some pressing questions about the changing relationships between television, knowledge, social values and emotional life."

John Corner, Professor in Politics and Communication Studies, University of Liverpool

"Restyling Factual TV is one of those unusual books that presents original academic research and innovative thinking in a form that can be used to teach courses on factual broadcasting or popular culture."

Peter Lunt, Professor of Media and Communications, Brunel University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415379557
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Hill is Professor of Media and Research Director of the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster. Her previous publications include Reality TV: Audiences and Popular Factual Television (2005), the Television Studies Reader (with Robert C. Allen, 2003), TV Living: Television, Audiences and Everyday Life (with David Gauntlett, 1999) and Shocking Entertainment: Viewing Responses to Violent Movies (1997).

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Table of Contents

List of tables     viii
List of figures     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Restyling factuality     1
Mapping factual TV     30
Public and popular     58
Genre work     84
Truth claims     112
Knowledge and learning     145
Participation     172
Containing factuality     212
Appendix     234
Bibliography     241
Index     251
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