Television News and Audience Understanding of War, Conflict and Disaster

Philo, G. (2002) Television News and Audience Understanding of War, Conflict and Disaster. Journalism Studies, 3(2), pp. 173-186. (doi: 10.1080/14616700220129955)

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This article shows (1) that the decisions made by broadcasters (on commercial criteria) about what viewers would desire to watch have produced very negative responses in television audiences towards the developing world and war, conflict and disaster within it. (2) That audiences are misinformed because of the low level of explanation and context that is given and because some explanations that are present in television reporting are partial and informed by what might be termed 'neocolonial' beliefs. (3) That a change in the quality of the explanations that are given - for example showing the international economic and political links that underpin the continuance of a war - can radically alter both attitudes and the level of audience interest.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Television, News, Audience, Understanding, Audience, Interest, Conflict, Developing, World, Media
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Philo, Professor Gregory
Authors: Philo, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journalism Studies
ISSN (Online):1469-9699

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