The Rise of 24-Hour News Television explores the impact of rolling news channels on journalism and democracy
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives
Recently published, The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives is the first edited collection to explore the genre of 24-hour news television around the world.
Edited by the school’s Professor Justin Lewis and Dr Stephen Cushion the book suggests rolling news channels have pushed broadcasters towards covering more live and breaking stories at the expense of providing more analysis and context.
Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of CNN, the first dedicated round-the–clock news channel, The Rise of 24-Hour News Television explores the ways in which news channels have reshaped the genre of news and, in a broader sense, the impact they have had on democracy itself.
Through seventeen chapters the regional and national news channels of North and South America, Europe, Australia, China, India and the Middle East are examined by international scholars to provide a global perspective.
Professor Justin Lewis said "In some cases – for example the Arab world – 24-hour news channels have provided a broader range of information than before.
"In other cases – for example in the US and UK – rolling news channels have pushed broadcasters towards covering more live and breaking stories at the expense of providing more analysis and context."
In addressing the competitive relationship between Sky News and the BBC News Channel, Dr Stephen Cushion said "The rolling news effect has moved journalism from the conveyance of factual information to the delivery of live, breaking pictures.
"This raises many questions about the purpose of journalism in the age of 24-hour news."
The Rise of 24-Hour News Television: Global Perspectives is published by Peter Lang.