On Television

On Television

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On Television has long been regarded as one of the best critiques of television ever published, offering a lucid, jargon-free and impressively concise analysis of every aspect of the television industry - from the images on our screens to the organisations that produce (and manipulate) those images.

This fully revised edition bringing the analysis up-to-date, reconsidering the use of the media in the Gulf War and assessing the much-vaunted changes (real and illusory) in television broadcasting at the end of the twentieth century. The result is an invaluable introduction to the world of television broadcasting as an integral part of the mass media which impinges so greatly on our lives.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0745311105
  • 9780745311104

Table of contents


1. Television - A Map of the Medium

2. The Flow of Images and Gatekeeping

3. The Audience

4. The History of Terrestrial Television

5. The Regulatory Bodies

6. The Charter and the Act

7. The Growth of Government Intervention

8. The Thatcher Years--9. Enter Murdoch - A Cautionary Tale

10. The Thatcher Inheritance

11. Digital Television

12. Convergence--Index
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'Hood was in television at a high level. He knows a great deal about its power politics, internal and external' -- Richard Hoggart, Guardian 'The best book about the medium to be published for some time' -- Time Out
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About Stuart Hood

Stuart Hood has been a controller for both BBC and independent television, Professor of Film and Television at the Royal College of Art, Vice President of ACTT, and Fellow at the University of Sussex. Thalia Tabary-Peterssen is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Brighton.
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