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

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

by Annette Hill
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Taylor & Francis
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Restyling Factual TV: Audiences and News, Documentary and Reality Genres

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415379557
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

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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