The World on Television

Ihlen, Øyvind; Allern, Sigurd; Thorbjørnsrud, Kjersti; Waldahl, Ragnar
November 2010
NORDICOM Review;Nov2010, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p31
Academic Journal
How does television cover foreign news? What is covered and how? The present article reports on a comparative study of a license-financed public broadcaster and an advertising-financed channel in Norway - the NRK and TV2, respectively. Both channels give priority to international news. While the NRK devotes more time to foreign news (both in absolute and relative numbers) than TV2 does, other aspects of the coverage are strikingly similar: The news is event oriented, there is heavy use of eyewitness footage, and certain regions are hardly visible. At least three explanations can be used to understand these findings: the technological platform (what footage is available, etc.) and the existence of a common news culture that is based on ratings and similar views on what is considered "good television". A third factor is that both channels still have public service obligations.


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