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The Future of 24-Hour News

New Directions, New Challenges

Edited By Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook

Over the last 30 years 24-hour television news channels have reshaped the practice and culture of journalism. But the arrival of new content and social media platforms over recent years has challenged their power and authority, with fast-changing technologies accelerating the speed of news delivery and reshaping audience behaviour. Following on from The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives (Cushion and Lewis, 2010), this volume explores new challenges and pressures facing television news channels, and considers the future of 24-hour news. Featuring a wide range of industry and academic perspectives, including the heads of some of the major international news channels (BBC Global News, Al Jazeera and Sky News, among others) as well as leading academics from around the world, contributors reflect on how well rolling television news is reinventing itself for digital platforms and the rapidly changing expectations of audiences. Overall, the 24 chapters in this volume deliver fresh insights into how 24-hour news channels have redefined rolling news journalism – or potentially could do – in order to remain relevant and effective in supplying continuous news for 21st-century audiences.

«The future of news is vital to our society, and this is a rewarding and exhilarating journey through contemporary television journalism and its digital challenges. I enjoyed the range of views and the provocations alongside the facts, and this book will leave you vastly better informed about a debate that matters.» (Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Former Head of BBC Television News)
«Cushion and Sambrook have assembled a terrific and timely set of contributions about the phenomenon of 24-hour news. The thematic, global breadth of the book is remarkable. The impressive list of authors includes leading journalists, editors and scholars from around the world. Collectively, the chapters offer a sweeping yet nuanced view of the origins of 24-hour news and current trends that have unsettled the old order. Anyone interested in contemporary news industries and journalistic practices should keep a copy of this book handy.» (Silvio R. Waisbord, Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University)
«An outstanding collection of essays on a much neglected area of journalism, which combines some of the most experienced practitioners in international television with some of the most eminent scholars. Highly readable, very informative and superbly organized, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in global media, journalism or politics.» (Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster)
«While 24-hour TV news channels have been a fixture for decades, the rise of networked, digital technologies raises questions over whether they are in their twilight years or facing a new dawn. This edited volume brings together an impressive breadth of academic and professional perspectives to offer international insights on the purpose, prospects and possibilities for 24-hour news in an age of real-time social media. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to understand the future direction of rolling news.» (Alfred Hermida, Director and Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia)

«The future of news is vital to our society, and this is a rewarding and exhilarating journey through contemporary television journalism and its digital challenges. I enjoyed the range of views and the provocations alongside the facts, and this book will leave you vastly better informed about a debate that matters.» (Roger Mosey, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge and Former Head of BBC Television News)
«Cushion and Sambrook have assembled a terrific and timely set of contributions about the phenomenon of 24-hour news. The thematic, global breadth of the book is remarkable. The impressive list of authors includes leading journalists, editors and scholars from around the world. Collectively, the chapters offer a sweeping yet nuanced view of the origins of 24-hour news and current trends that have unsettled the old order. Anyone interested in contemporary news industries and journalistic practices should keep a copy of this book handy.» (Silvio R. Waisbord, Professor, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University)
«An outstanding collection of essays on a much neglected area of journalism, which combines some of the most experienced practitioners in international television with some of the most eminent scholars. Highly readable, very informative and superbly organized, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in global media, journalism or politics.» (Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster)
«While 24-hour TV news channels have been a fixture for decades, the rise of networked, digital technologies raises questions over whether they are in their twilight years or facing a new dawn. This edited volume brings together an impressive breadth of academic and professional perspectives to offer international insights on the purpose, prospects and possibilities for 24-hour news in an age of real-time social media. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to understand the future direction of rolling news.» (Alfred Hermida, Director and Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of British Columbia)