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Adopting or resisting 24-hour news logic on evening bulletins? the mediatization of UK television news 1991-2012

Cushion, Stephen ORCID:, Lewis, Rachel and Rodger, Hugh 2015. Adopting or resisting 24-hour news logic on evening bulletins? the mediatization of UK television news 1991-2012. Journalism 16 (7) , pp. 866-883. 10.1177/1464884914550975

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This study carries out a longitudinal content analysis of United Kingdom (UK) fixed time evening news bulletins between 1991 and 2012 (N = 2040) in order to systematically examine whether they have adapted their format for the rolling news age with more live and instant conventions. Drawing on the concepts of mediatization and journalistic interventionism to interpret editorial changes, our findings broadly indicate that the media logic shaping bulletins has changed from reflecting the ‘day’s news’ to covering more ‘news as it happens’ (as news channels now claim). We found an increasing reliance on less pre-scripted material and greater emphasis on live reporting from journalists (rather than external sources) who were routinely asked to instantly react, update, and interpret news, particularly in the world of politics. We suggest this represents a mediatization of television news bulletins, with broadcasters increasingly subscribing to a journalistic logic associated more with 24-hour news values than fixed time programming.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1464-8849
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 August 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 13:55

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