Author: Tobias Steiner

CfP: International Conference ‘Gender Differentiation in Media Industries’ @ The Peace Institute and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, June 14-15, 2018. Deadline: Jan 19, 2018.

In the last thirty years feminist media scholarship has analysed media systems as environments reproducing patriarchal structures that work against gender equality in the media. Results of research at the national and global scales have reported similar results: women are less likely to work in top managerial positions in the media, on the average women journalists are paid less than male, larger numbers of women are engaged in precarious jobs than their male counterparts. Similarly persistent are inequalities in media representation where portraying women is often rife with stereotypes and pursuant of imaginings of women’s domesticity. In addition, studies...

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SHOULD STREAMING SERVICES BE SUBJECT TO LOCAL QUOTAS? by Liz Giuffre

Local television outlets are essential places for the development and dissemination of local content. However, if you’re in a market that is anything other than America, the capitalist side of the industry has long fought against this – with commercial broadcasters in particular looking at cheap and reliable imports rather than necessarily investing in local productions. Cue another repeat of The Big Bang Theory. There are, of course ,exceptions to this- and nothing succeeds quite like a home grown version of a game, panel or reality show- what Frances Bonner so beautifully summed up as “Ordinary Television”. As streaming...

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A CRISIS IN BBC DRAMA? OR WHY I STOPPED WORRYING AND LOVED REALITY TV BY Elke Weissmann

Have you been watching Doctor Foster? Or Rellik? Or Strike? No? Me neither. Doctor Foster apparently drew over 8 million viewers to one of its episodes, but judging from my facebook feed, they were not impressed. Rellik scrapes around the 4 million mark, whilst Strike managed around 5 million. Other dramas such as Liar and Victoria on ITV are gaining similar figures. This means that most of these programmes reach between 20 and 30% of the available audience. These are respectable figures. However, in comparison to the soaps (Coronation Street is watched by approx. 8 million people regularly, EastEnders...

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ADVENTURES IN ACADEMIC PUBLISHING: IF YOU ONLY READ ONE BOOK THIS YEAR… by Richard Hewett

… don’t worry; you’re still doing better than most modern undergraduates. Welcome back everyone – and what better way to start the academic year than with a good read? After what seems (to me) like an eternity, my first book – The Changing Spaces of Television Acting – was at last published at the end of August, and I have since been busily promoting it via whatever means possible. This onslaught arguably began with a blog on this site back in May 2016, when I foolishly promised the world that the book would be out later that year. How...

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Call for Abstracts: “Broadcasting health and disease. Bodies, markets and television, 1950s-1980s” @Wellcome Trust, Feb 19-21, 2018. Deadline: Nov 1, 2017.

Date: 19-21 February 2018 Location: Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, UK The conference is organized by the ERC funded research group BodyCapital, and hosted by Wellcome Collection. Throughout the age of television health and body-related subjects have been presented and diffused into the public sphere via a multitude of forms, ranging from short films in health education programmes to school television, from professional training to TV ads, from documentary and reality TV shows to TV news, but also as complementary VHS and similar video formats circulating in private and public spheres. From live transmission of daunting surgical operations...

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