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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Liveness and Recording in the Media

ISBN 9780230282223
Publication Date May 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Key Concerns in Media Studies

We think of radio and television as live media. Yet much of their output is pre-recorded. And if we value liveness so highly, why do we often consume their output some time after it has been broadcast? This book provides some unexpected answers about the meaning of 'liveness' and 'recording', the complexity of their relationship, and their significance not just for television and radio but the popular music which is radio's mainstay.

Written in a clear and lively style, the book sets television and radio in the context of other media and traces the history of liveness and recording. To the relationship between these qualities it ascribes the rise of the serial programmes that characterise so much broadcasting. Citing well-known examples of broadcast output and making extensive use of BBC 1 as a case-study, it supports its arguments by taking illustrations and parallels from theatre, philosophical writing and even poetry.

ANDREW CRISELL is Professor of Broadcasting Studies at Sunderland University, UK. He is the author of Understanding Radio(1994), An Introductory History of British Broadcasting(2002) and A Study of Modern Television(2006), the co-author of Radio Journalism(2009) with Guy Starkey, and the editor of More than a Music Box: Radio Cultures and Communities in a Multi Media World (2004).

Introduction: the scope of the book
1. Liveness and broadcasting
2. The meaning of 'live'
3. What's so special about liveness?
4. Television and recording (1): Replacing liveness
5. Radio and recording: mostly music
6. Television and recording (2): Enhancing liveness
7. Real time and reel time: an evening's programmes on BBC 1
8. Broadcasting and time-shifted consumption
Conclusion: Liveness, recording, broadcasting


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