Television Broadcasting in Contemporary France and Britain

Michael Scriven, Monia Lecomte
Berghahn Books, 1999 - 235 pages

The importance of contemporary television broadcasting for the shaping and development of national cultures and identities is increasingly evident. Television as the privileged medium for the dissemination of information and for mass entertainment has irreversibly altered the manner in which nations perceive themselves and each other. This volume explores the multiple and complex ways in which audiovisual developments in two important European states have impacted on the life styles and attitudes of the population at large and its governing elites.

This is the first study that is devoted to the highly significant roles played by France and Britain in the formulation of European audiovisual policy and that provides a truly comparative analysis of the contemporary audiovisual scene in the two countries. It consists of four complementary sections: an overview of the audiovisual landscapes in Britain and France; an analysis of television programming; an account of the new cable and satellite media, and an assessment of European audiovisual integration. Overall, this volume offers a constructive contribution to the continuing debate on national and European broadcasting.


Table des matières

Cable Television
Two Conflicting Notions of Audiovisual Liberalisation
The Future of Public Broadcasting
Two Programming Models
From Enmity to Interdependence
Beyond Digital Television
Canal Plus and Reuters
The Europeanisation of Programming
Broadcasters Involvement in Cinematographic Coproductions
The European Union Audiovisual Policies of the U K and France
Select Bibliography
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Michael Scriven is Professor of European Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and has published extensively in the field of French and European intellectual history, culture, and politics. He is a co-editor of Sartre Studies International. Monia Lecomte is Research Assistant at the University of the West of England, Bristol and completing a doctoral thesis on French television.

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