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Commissioning and producing public service content: British arts television

Noonan, Caitriona 2018. Commissioning and producing public service content: British arts television. Media Industries 5 (2) 10.3998/mij.15031809.0005.201

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This article analyzes the commissioning and production of arts television in the United Kingdom. It identifies the drivers that shape output, including regulatory and economic forces, linking professional practices to the form and content of the programs that emerge. The research uses interviews with senior staff within the major broadcasters (BBC, Channel 4, and Sky Arts), the independent production sector, and arts organizations to critically interrogate changes in production practices. In particular, the research focuses on the decline in specialist independent producers and the ongoing emphasis on partnerships to reveal a genre ecology at a moment of crisis that necessitates complex modes of competition, codependence, and negotiation. The precariousness of the genre has implications for all public-service genres that are “at risk” of disappearing from our screens. Therefore, in what is a period of profound change, this article extends and deepens our understanding of professional practices within the contemporary television industry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Publisher: University of Michigan Library
ISSN: 2373-9037
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 22 May 2018
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 03:41

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