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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 project could not have been possible without the collaboration and coop-eration of 30 participating scholars in 17 countries . Most of the participants contributed directly in the preparation of this book . Some, however, for a variety of reasons, were not involved in the writing process . As director of the project, I wish to acknowledge them at the top and their brief biographical statements ap- pear with the others at the end of the volume: Paolo Mancini and Marco Mazzoni of the University of Perugia, who constituted the Italian team; Tai-Li Wang from National Taiwan University who worked together with Ven-hwei Lo while he was based in Taiwan; Wan-Ying Lin from the City University of Hong Kong who worked with Francis Lee; Baohua Zhou from Fudan University in China who col- laborated with Joseph Chan; Ruud Wouters of the University of Antwerp in Bel- gium who worked with Knut De Swert; and last but not least, Hong Nga Nguyen Vu—better known to us as Angie—who while at the University of Zurich, was instrumental in organizing the data sets of the content analyses and the surveys . In addition, the participating scholars in each of the countries wish to thank certain organizations and individuals for their help in making this study possible . Belgium Knut De Swert and Ruud Wouters wish to thank Stefaan Walgrave of the Univer- sity of Antwerp for funding and providing resources for the project . Also, Marc Hooghe and his team at the Electronic News Archive Flanders for...

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