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A entire empirical and theoretical examine of broadcast information in the course of the global, which examines the consequences of syndication and questions no matter if this fiercely aggressive enterprise satisfies the democratic calls for of its viewers.

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For example, one of the larger public radio stations, KQED-FM in San Francisco, saw its federal grant dropped from $500,000 to $200,000 during the first half of the 1980s while its annual outlay to National Public Radio for news programmes increased from $50,000 to $200,000. Here we can note one of the important differences between the financial/ competitive crunch as felt by the commercial networks as opposed 38 THE KNOWN WORLD OF BROADCAST NEWS to the public alternative. The networks see themselves as being threatened by local sttions which make their own newscasts.

There are more players now; financial and other resources are no longer centred with the big, traditional news gatherers; deregulation of broadcasting is a reality in the US and a fast developing one in Sweden and Great Britain. The business of broadcast news is indeed topsy-turvy, but before we can look at what we know of the world brought to us by that business, we need to meet those who give us that news. Flagships under siege—the US network news divisions Torrents of fame and blame have been poured over the three major commercial television networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC, and their news operations.

I just think it makes lousy foreign policy. The dilemma of individuals in jeopardy and their situations’ relation to larger interests of foreign policy is one that the networks have not really been able to solve. It’s not even certain there is a solution, bearing in mind their special competitive relationship and the public’s apparent fascination for dramatic situations involving individuals, a fascination which television news has nurtured over the years. Ed Newman gives two alternative views of the networks’ handling of the TWA highjack in Beirut in 1985: BROADCAST NEWS IN THE USA 29 The view got out that TV was playing into the highjackers’ hands.

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