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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 17: Twitter and the Rolling-News Agenda in Sports News

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← 212 | 213 →CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Twitter and the Rolling-News Agenda on Sports Channels

ALAN TOMLINSON



INTRODUCTION

It would be a mistake to underestimate the significance of Twitter, its effects upon cultural consumption and everyday discourse, and its contribution to how rolling, 24-hour news in its constant updating embodies the speeded-up society (Redhead, 2015); Twitter has without doubt accelerated this (Hutchins, 2011). But we must be careful not to ossify the past. The print journalist of the early 1950s faced challenges from radio, and the “Monday morning man” reporting on the Saturday fixture had interpretive challenges in using the material ­others ­already had, aware that he “must not be the gramophone on which the same ­record is played” (Ledbrooke and Turner, 1955: 166).

The traditional press box was no luxury posting, the football writer huddled “with his typewriter in conditions which would never be allowed by any reasonably diligent factory inspector” (Hall and Parkinson, 1974: 14). If such journalists strayed from, say, the club chairman’s agenda, the price could be high. Bob Lord, known among the press as “the Khruschev” (USSR president) of Burnley, and a “passionate partisan of his town and his football team” (Hopcraft, 1968: 147), banned a Sunday and daily papers and six individual journalists in a feud over what he saw as media misrepresentation and intrusion. Getting to a player’s house? Ringing him up on the telephone “at all hours”? Lord (1963: 116) himself called these...

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