Business on television: continuity, change and risk in the development of television’s ‘business entertainment format’

Kelly, L. and Boyle, R. (2011) Business on television: continuity, change and risk in the development of television’s ‘business entertainment format’. Television and New Media, 12(3), pp. 228-247. (doi: 10.1177/1527476410372097)

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This article traces the evolution of what has become known as the business entertainment format on British television. Drawing on interviews with channel controllers, commissioners and producers from across the BBC, Channel 4 and the independent sector this research highlights a number of key individuals who have shaped the development of the business entertainment format and investigates some of the tensions that arise from combining entertainment values with more journalistic or educational approaches to factual television. While much work has looked at docusoaps and reality programming, this area of television output has remained largely unexamined by television scholars. The research argues that as the television industry has itself developed into a business, programme-makers have come to view themselves as [creative] entrepreneurs thus raising the issue of whether the development off-screen of a more commercial, competitive and entrepreneurial TV marketplace has impacted on the way the medium frames its onscreen engagement with business, entrepreneurship, risk and wealth creation.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:BBC, Channel 4, television industry, factual entertainment, documentary, public service broadcasting, The Apprentice
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Professor Raymond and Kelly, Dr Lisa
Authors: Kelly, L., and Boyle, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Research Group:Centre for Cultural Policy Research
Journal Name:Television and New Media
ISSN (Online):1552-8316
Published Online:11 June 2010
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Sage Publications
First Published:First published in Television and New Media 12(3):228-247
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
476001Public Understanding of Business; Television, Representation and EnterpreneurshipRaymond BoyleArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/F017073/1Theatre Film and Television Studies