Television in the Global Age

Welch, C. (2022) ‘Chanelling content’, Media Magazine, 82, pp.48-51.
With attention spand falling, do traditional linear TV shows – especially news and opinion shows – have anu future? Or is Piers Morgan actually right – that the future is all about shared clips? If so, what dies £50 million get you? Chris Welch takes a look at what’s going on.

Gough, G. (2022) ‘BBC: in the balance?’, Media Magazine, 82, pp.21-23.
With its funding under threat and criticism of its supposed impartiality more vical than ever, the BBC’s enemies are circling. But, asks Giles Gough, is the BBC actually its own worst enemy?

Bishop, P. (2022) ‘The changing TV industry reflected in Black Mirror’, Media Magazine, 82, pp.16-20.
Technology-based anthology drama Black Mirror started out as a quirky Channel 4 programme but is now a global Netflix hit. Focusing on ‘San Junipero’, Philip Bishop explores how changes to the show’s production reflect some of the ways the televsion industry itself is evolving.

Russell, L. (2021) ‘Of monsters and men’, Media Magazine, 75, pp.54-59.
From the popular Eastern European novels via a massively successful videogame franchise, Netflix’s adaptation of ‘The Witcher’ is rewriting the book on fantasy television. But what does this mean for the future of the genre? Laurence Russell tests his trusty blade, dons his chainmail best and wades into the fray.

Dixon, M. (2020) ‘The theory drop: David Gauntlett’, Media Magazine, 71, pp.32-34.
Mark Dixon unpicks some of the influences on and misconceptions about the identity theories of David Gauntlett.

Eardkey, G. (2020) ‘Enabling images: representing disability in pre-school TV’, Media Magazine, 73, pp.51-54.
Pre-school television has always had a clear sense of its audience and its educational remit, but has not always been representative of its diverse viewers. CBeebies could now be seen to lead the way in offering realistic views of disability.

Habib, S. (2019) ‘The Riz test: measuring the portrayal of Muslims in film and television’, Media Magazine, 67, p.48.
Following in the footsteps of the Bechdel test for female representation, Sadia Habib explains why she feels representation of Muslims deserves the same scrutiny.

Welch, C. (2019) ‘Clear the schedules?’, Media Magazine, 67, pp.12-15.
In an age of globalised yet atomised personally-tailored content, how can TV schedulers maximise viewers for domestic programming? How much are ‘audience’ and ‘industry’ still factors?

Madge, L. (2017) ‘The transgender revolution’, Media Magazine, 60, pp.14-17.
Leanne Madge raises some interesting questions about the representation of transgender characters on television.

Nunns, J. (2017) ‘Bun fight: how the BBC lost Bake Off to Channel 4 and why it matters’, Media Magazine’, 59, pp.20-24.
Jonathan Nunns examines why the acquisition of ‘Bake Off’ may be less than a bun in the oven for Channel 4.

Birks, C. (2016) ‘A taste of the BBC’, Media Magazine, 55, pp.50-53.
How will the Beeb stay afloat in the face of Charter renewal and the various threats and challenges of the digital age? Caroline Birks outlines the strategies of BBC Taster – the interactive testing ground which aims to personalise your own viewing experiences.

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