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The Television History Book : 1st Edition - Michele Hilmes

The Television History Book

1st Edition

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Over the last half century, developments in television broadcasting have exerted an immeasurable influence over our social, cultural, and economic practices. With contributions by leading media scholars, "The Television History Book "presents an overview of the of history of broadcasting in Great Britain and the United States.
With its integrated format, "The Television History Book "encourages readers to make connections between events and tendencies that both unite and differentiate these national broadcasting traditions. From the origins of the public service and commercial systems of broadcasting to the current period of technological and economic convergence, the book provides an accessible overview of the history of television technology, institutions, polices, programs, and audiences.
The numerous "gray box" case studies illustrate the course of television innovation and are accompanied by lists of recommended further reading and an extensive bibliography

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Introduction
TV Nationsp. 1
Technologies
Introductionp. 4
Television's Prehistory: Radio (The Origins of the Soap Opera)p. 4
The Development of Television (High Definition Television 1969-90)p. 9
Cable, Satellite and the Challenge of Digital Media (Digital Distribution, Intellectual Property and the End of TV as We Know It?)p. 13
The Internet: From Cold War to Commercialisationp. 19
Institutions: From Origins to Stability
Introductionp. 22
The Origins of Public Service Broadcasting (British Television before the War)p. 22
The Origins of Commercial Broadcasting in the USp. 26
Post-War Television in Britain: BBC and ITVp. 30
Grace Wyndham Goldie
Establishment of the US Television Networks (The 'Other' Networks)p. 35
Competition and Change in British Television (Television in Wales 1960-80)p. 40
The 'Classic Network System' in the US (Genre Cycles: Innovation, Imitation, Saturation)p. 44
Institutions: Conflict and Change
Introductionp. 50
Channel Four and the Redefining of Public Service Broadcasting (Jeremy Isaacs--First Chief Executive of Channel Four (1981-7))p. 50
Public Television and Public Access in the US (Paper Tiger Television)p. 55
Satellite, Cable and New Channels in the UK (Rupert Murdoch)p. 59
US Television in the Multichannel Age (Protectionism, Deregulation and The Telecommunications Act of 1996)p. 62
Programming: 1950s-80s
Introductionp. 68
Early Television in Great Britian (The Coronation)p. 69
Experimental and Live Television in the US (Studio One, 'The Hospital')p. 72
ITV: 1955-89: Populism and Experimentation (Mystery and Imagination)p. 76
The 'Youth Revolution' and American Television (The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [CBS, 1967-9])p. 81
The BBC Adapts to Competition (Zircon)p. 86
US Networks in the 1970s and 80s (Charlie's Angels)p. 89
Programming: New Venues, New Forms
Introductionp. 95
Channel Four: Innovation in Form and Content?p. 95
Quality Drama in the US: The New 'Golden Age'? (China Beach)p. 98
The 1990s: Quality or Dumbing Down? (Makeover Shows)p. 103
New US Networks in the 1990s (Married ... with Children)p. 107
Satellite and Cable Programmes in the UK (All Aussie Weekender: Sky One Down Under)p. 112
US Television Abroad: Exporting Culture (Baywatch)p. 115
The Global Television Format Trade (Big Brother)p. 118
Audiences
Introductionp. 122
From Network to Neo-Network Audiencesp. 122
From Mass to Meanings (Citizens and Consumers)p. 126
The Ratings System and Its Effects (The A. C. Nielsen Company)p. 129
The Television Violence Debates (The V-Chip)p. 132
Audiences and the Internet (Xena and Buffy Fans)p. 137
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780851709888
ISBN-10: 0851709885
Series: Television, Media & Cultural Studies
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 175
Published: 13th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1