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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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Contents P a r t t w O AkibaCohen.indd 39 24/04/13 12:53 PM AkibaCohen.indd 40 24/04/13 12:53 PM knuT De sWerT, AnTónio belo, rAshA kAmhAWi, Ven-hWei lo, ConsTAnzA mujiCA, & WilliAm porATh Topics in Foreign and Domestic Television News C H a P t e r t H r e e Comparing television news around the globe is a challenge, especially regard-ing topics in the news . On any given day, a government may collapse in one country, an earthquake may hit another country, and still another may celebrate its greatest sports event of the year . News reports differ from day to day and from country to country . However, beyond the particularities of the day, two factors make it well worthwhile to compare topics in the news: the importance of the news selection process and the existence of news that is often relevant beyond the borders of the country where the event took place . Comparative studies of television news go beyond the individual journalist and editor and thus are highly enlightening about the influence of higher-level situational factors such as countries and media systems . Our main interest in this chapter is to reveal structural differences or similarities in the selection of news across countries, while focusing mainly on the topics of foreign as well as hybrid news . We begin by providing a general overview of the topics in the news in all countries of our study using broad topic categories . We present this general over- view along with a...

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