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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A Study of Modern Television

Thinking Inside the Box

ISBN 9780333964088
Publication Date June 2006
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This essential text provides an account of the complex character of modern television. Covering issues ranging from television's historical development to its impact on culture and society in general, the text provides an analysis of television's strengths and limitations. The book's scope and clarity make it ideal for all media students.

ANDREW CRISELL is Professor of Broadcasting at Sunderland University, UK. He is the author of Understanding Radio (Routledge, 1994) and Introductory History of British Broadcasting (Routledge, 2002), and the editor of Music Box: Radio Cultures and Communities in a Multi-Media World (Berghahn, 2004).

Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- PART I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN TELEVISION.- Birth and Infancy: 1884 1954.- The Years of Duopoly: 1955 1982.- Proliferation and Deregulation: the 1970s Onwards.- Modern Television: Policies and Practices.- PART II: TELEVISION GENRES.- News and Current Affairs.- Documentary and Features.- Forms of Infotainment.- SportDrama and Film.- Comedy and Light Entertainment.- PART III: TELEVISION CULTURE.- Television: Audience Uses and Effects.- Globalisation and Localism.- Television, Theatricality and Public Life.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.


'This is a well timed text...The book's split into three sections: The foundations of modern television; Television genres; Television Culture. The strength of Crisell's book lies particularly in the first two sections.' - Nick Lacey, Media Education Association, Newsletter December 2006'...a succinct, lucidly written analysis...' European Journal of Communication ...his strength is to bring into focus the sub-field and to reaffirm that there is a major area of study that now more than ever should not be cast aside because of overheated claims about a changing technological environment.He reminds us that television, as we have understood it thus far, has not gone away. ' European Journal of Communication
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