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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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15 Overall Conclusions for Individual Countries All Project Participants

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CHAPTER FIFTEEN

ALL PROJECT PARTICIPANTS



In the following pages we present brief summaries of our findings for the 17 countries. As described in the preceding chapters, all the countries participated in the content analysis. Thirteen countries conducted surveys, though in-depth interviews with foreign news gatekeepers were done in only 12 of the countries. Each of the summaries, which are listed alphabetically by country, presents a brief description of the television broadcasting system in the respective country and the main domestic news items that were aired during the sample period of the content analysis. This is followed by highlights, selected by the country teams, of the findings of the content analysis. Finally, the summaries of the countries that also conducted the survey contain some of the highlights. The summaries do not include information obtained in the course of the in-depth interviews with the gatekeepers. Because of space constraints, no references or sources are provided in this chapter.

In this study Belgium refers to Flanders, the largest (northern, Dutch-speaking) community in the country. The majority of the Belgian population lives in Flanders, which has a very distinct media system due to linguistic and cultural differences from the southern, French-speaking community. Thus it would be misleading to treat Belgium as a single country from a media perspective. ← 293 | 294 →

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