Explaining sensationalist television news: A comparison of Dutch, Flemish, Walloon, and French newscasts
Chicago, IL : International Communication Association
In59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association
59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Chicago, IL, 21-25 May, 2009)
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59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association
SubjectCommunication and Media
This study investigated explanations for the use of sensationalism in television news in different countries. A theoretical model for the production of sensational television news was proposed hat generated explanations at both country and broadcaster levels. Differences in degree of competition, journalistic culture, media policy, type of broadcaster and target group were identified as possible explanatory factors for the use of sensationalism in the news. Dutch, Flemish, Walloon, and French evening newscasts of both public service and commercial broadcasters were content analyzed in order to test the theoretical model. The analysis made clear that level of competition, journalistic culture, and type of broadcaster are important factors to explain sensationalism in television news. However, the way in which these factors influence the extent of sensationalism in news remains partly unclear. Hence, the theoretical model presented may be considered as a starting point for further cross-national research on sensationalism in television news.
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