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Foreign News on Television

Where in the World Is the Global Village?

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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António Belo is Professor at the School of Communication and Media Studies, in Lisbon, Porgutal, where he served as president for 6 years. He is currently pro-president of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and also a researcher at the Institute of Communication and Media of Lisbon, where he worked on several research projects concerning the media and participated in writing two books about Portuguese television newscasts and one about local radio in Portugal.

Joseph M. Chan is Professor of Journalism and Communication and the director of the Center for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He served concurrently as a Changjiang Chair Professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University (2006–2009). His research interest lies in the intersection of international communication, political communication, and journalism studies. He was the founding chief editor of the Chinese journal Communication & Society and the current chairman of the Hong Kong Press Council.

Akiba A. Cohen is Professor (Emeritus) of Communication at Tel Aviv University and the founding chair of the department. He is currently the chair of the Department of Communication and director of the Research Division of the Yezreel Valley College in Israel. He is a fellow and a former president of the International Communication Association. His main area of interest is the comparative study of news. Among his co-authored books are News Around the World: Content, Practitioners and the Public (2006) and Global Newsrooms, Local...

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