Restyling Factual TV: News, Documentary and Reality by Annette Hill

By Annette Hill

Addressing the wide variety of programmes and codecs from information, to documentary, to well known actual genres, Annette Hill’s new ebook examines the methods audience navigate their means via a hectic, noisy and continuously altering genuine tv setting. Restyling real television addresses the wide variety of programmes that fall in the classification of 'factuality', from politics, to usual historical past, to fact leisure. in keeping with study with audiences of genuine television, basically in Sweden and the united kingdom, yet as regards to different nations resembling the united states, this booklet tackles matters corresponding to legitimacy, ethics and price in modern information and present affairs, documentary and truth programming. Drawing at the ethics of truth-telling and notions of caliber, this wide-ranging, authoritative booklet expands the controversy on renowned genuine leisure and should be a great addition to the present literature.

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There were 24 groups, 12 in each country, with a total of 129 respondents aged 18–60. The recruitment method used was quota sampling and snowball sampling. The sample was based on the criteria of age (roughly split into two groups of 20–30 year olds, and 40–60 year olds), gender (even mix of male and female), socio-economic status (working and middle class, and educational levels from school to university). Occupations ranged from unemployed, students, administrators, teachers, sales assistants, technicians, office workers, carers, artists and retired people.

Reality gameshows such as Big Brother are a good example of the relationship between the production and reception of factual genres. Reality gameshows are a hybrid genre that fill a gap in the market for format-driven popular factual television, and this hybrid genre continues to change each year to accommodate audience expectations. Two countries are used in this chapter to illustrate the construction of Mapping factual TV 31 factual genres within specific social, economic and cultural contexts.

The audience reach amongst 16–24 year olds during evenings is only 28 per cent compared to 60 per cent for the over 60s, and even this figure is falling (Ofcom 2006a). Channel 4 use scheduling to attract what younger audiences there are to their programming. The ratings for the top factual programmes during the same timeframe indicate the attraction of popular factual with viewers. 2 British factual TV top ten Programme I’m a Celebrity . . 45 C4 4,717 37 41 Holiday 1 19:00 BBC1 4,427 25 19 News 1 22:00 BBC1 4,288 22 13 1 18:30 BBC1 4,261 30 21 21 20:30 C4 4,256 18 16 Changing Rooms Big Brother News How Clean is Your House Source: BARB, May 2003.

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