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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.
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Chapter 4: The View from Russia: “Your News Channel” Is Here to Stay

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The View from Russia: “Your News Channel” Is Here to Stay

MARGARITA SIMONYAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, RT (RUSSIA TODAY)



The resources, expertise and shared social experience of TV news will keep the medium alive, but your 6 p.m. big-screen line-up may soon look like your Facebook feed.

The demise of TV news at the hands of the all-mighty internet has been repeatedly anticipated over the last two decades.1 Authoritative broadcast anchors will be replaced by popular bloggers. Social media will deliver news straight from the source, forgoing professional intermediaries. Mobile technology will turn viewers away from their TVs, and user-generated footage will eliminate the need for professional video crews. A grim outlook indeed for the TV news industry.

Yet, it turns out reports of the death of TV news have been greatly exaggerated. On the contrary, the exact same period during which the internet was going to render TV news obsolete saw an explosion of TV news channels around the world. CNN International, launched in 1985, really hit its stride during the 1990s, which is when BBC World News and Deutsche Welle kicked off their own international TV broadcasting. Euronews and Japan’s NHK followed suit. Fox News and Al Jazeera went on air in 1996 and became the powerhouses of their respective regional news ecosystems.

The next decade brought even more diversity to the global news scene. Russia entered the field in 2005 with...

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