James Painter has just produced a study called Counter-Hegemonic News [download pdf] — looking at Qatar’s Al Jazeera English and Venezuela’s Telesur. I have to say, in the case of AJE, I think both the personnel and the traditions they draw on are simply those of conventional foreign news.
In 2007, Mark Thompson Peter Horrocks apparently walked into a meeting of top BBC talent and declared — not untruthfully — “There is no market for newsreaders.” Unfortunately “even a dead cat bounces” (as finance types say) and the market promptly leapt back into action and Natasha Kaplinsky and Dermot Murnaghan both left the BBC for Sky. […]
Here is what Rupert Murdoch told the House of Lords Communications committee regarding Sky News. Personally (not that I would necessarily want to) I think you could Fox up Sky, but what you lack in the UK is the Talk Radio base from which to recruit your talent. But don’t listen to me yacking on — here […]
Andrew Marr should think before he criticises Sky News on the “never wrong for long” front. Here is what he told the Lords: “I do think (the BBC is) different and we have to stay different,” he told the House of Lords communication committee. “This is most acute in the age of 24-hour news because […]