Show Less
Restricted access

The Future of 24-Hour News

New Directions, New Challenges

Edited By Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook

Over the last 30 years 24-hour television news channels have reshaped the practice and culture of journalism. But the arrival of new content and social media platforms over recent years has challenged their power and authority, with fast-changing technologies accelerating the speed of news delivery and reshaping audience behaviour. Following on from The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives (Cushion and Lewis, 2010), this volume explores new challenges and pressures facing television news channels, and considers the future of 24-hour news. Featuring a wide range of industry and academic perspectives, including the heads of some of the major international news channels (BBC Global News, Al Jazeera and Sky News, among others) as well as leading academics from around the world, contributors reflect on how well rolling television news is reinventing itself for digital platforms and the rapidly changing expectations of audiences. Overall, the 24 chapters in this volume deliver fresh insights into how 24-hour news channels have redefined rolling news journalism – or potentially could do – in order to remain relevant and effective in supplying continuous news for 21st-century audiences.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Chapter 3: The View from Europe: “All Views” First


← 38 | 39 →CHAPTER THREE

The View from Europe: “All Views” First


The news media environment has changed and keeps changing—it is a journey and ephemerality is the timeframe. New platforms, new social networks constantly appear and the audiences are keen to discover new watercooler spaces in which to interact.

What is the future of TV news? To say it straight: I believe that traditional 24-hour TV news channels have had their day. Yet, I am nonetheless very optimistic about information media’s future, TV included.


The news media industry is evolving at an incredible pace. It evolves so fast that several major paradoxes have emerged. I believe that solving these paradoxes is the key to surviving the next era of news media.

Let me step back for a moment and look at the world we live in. Over the past 50 years, our world has dramatically changed. We live in an uneven and unrestful age. We see, in places, sagging enthusiasm for democracy, polarisation of opinion, disengagement from society and a crisis of citizenship. Irredentism explodes and, as geographical borders lose importance in this digital world, we observe increased nationalist movements and societies getting more and more fragmented. Over the past 20 years, the number of traditional media has been amplified with the rise of new media and purely digital players. Information is now available everywhere....

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.