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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 23: Where Infotainment Rules: TV News from India



Where Infotainment Rules: TV News from India


In a complex, globalized world, international news is in the process of transformation, partly as a result of an increasingly mobile and globally networked and digitized communication infrastructure together with the digitization of content, enabling global and instantaneous circulation of television news across continents. While the imbalance in the flow of news—from the media-rich North (and within it a US-UK core) to the South—continues to define global television news, the traditional domination of Western, or specifically American, media is diminishing, and, more importantly and arguably, being challenged (Nordenstreng and Thussu, 2015) by the availability of television news from such diverse countries as Russia, China, Iran and Qatar. In this chapter, I focus on how Indian television news is aiming to reach a global audience.

Indian perspectives on global affairs are accessible abroad via such channels as News 18 India (part of the TV-18 group), Headlines Today, as well as NDTV 24x7 (part of New Delhi Television Group), which has provided serious quality news programming now for a quarter of a century. All three are private networks, while the Indian state broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) remains one of the few major state news networks not available on television screens internationally, at a time when global television news in English has expanded to include inputs from countries where English is not widely used, notably China’s CCTV...

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