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Foreign News on Television

Where in the World Is the Global Village?

Edited By Akiba Cohen

Spanning several years of research, this book compares and contrasts how public and commercial TV stations present foreign, domestic, and hybrid news from a number of different countries. It examines what viewers of television news think about foreign news, their interest in it, and what sense they make of it. The book also assesses what the gatekeepers of foreign news – journalists, producers, and editors – think about what they produce, and about their viewers.
This book shows that while globalization is a dominant force in society, and though news can be instantaneously broadcast internationally, there is relatively little commonality throughout the world in the depiction of events occurring in other countries. Thus, contrary to McLuhan’s famous but untested notion of the «global village», television news in the countries discussed in this book actually presents more variability than similarity.
The research gathered here is based on a quantitative content analysis of over 17,000 news items and analysis of over 10,000 survey respondents. Seventeen countries are included in this research, offering a rich comparative perspective on the topic.


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This book is part of the Peter Lang Media and Communication list. Every volume is peer reviewed and meets the highest quality standards for content and production. PETER LANG New York y Washington, D.C./Baltimore y Bern Frankfurt y Berlin y Brussels y Vienna y Oxford Foreign News on Television Where in the World is the Global Village? Edited by Akiba A. Cohen with António Belo | Joseph M. Chan | Knut De Swert Elizabeth Godo | Abby Goodrum | Thomas Hanitzsch Christine Heimprecht | Youichi Ito | Rasha Kamhawi Francis L.F. Lee | Wan-Ying Lin | Ven-hwei Lo Paolo Mancini | Marco Mazzoni | Constanza Mujica Hong Nga Nguyen Vu | William Porath | Thorsten Quandt André Sendin | Agnieszka Stępińska | Thilo von Pape Jacques A. Wainberg | Tai-Li Wang | David H. Weaver Jürgen Wilke | Lars Willnat | Ruud Wouters Xiaoge Xu | Baohua Zhou PETER LANG New York y Washington, D.C./Baltimore y Bern Frankfurt y Berlin y Brussels y Vienna y Oxford Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Foreign news on television: Where in the world is the global village?/ edited by Akiba A.Cohen. pages cm Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Foreign news. 2. Television broadcasting of news. I. Cohen, Akiba A. editor of compilation. PN4784.F6F685 070.4’332—dc23 2013003320 ISBN 978-1-4331-1690-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-1689-6 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1082-5 (e-book) Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the...

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