Discourse of Broadcast News by Martin Montgomery

By Martin Montgomery

During this well timed and demanding research Martin Montgomery unpicks the interior workings of what needs to nonetheless be thought of the dominant information medium: broadcast information. Drawing mostly on linguistics, yet multidisciplinary in its scope, The Discourse of Broadcast information demonstrates that information programmes are as a lot approximately exhibiting as telling, as a lot approximately traditional bystanders as approximately specialists, and as a lot approximately own testimony as calling politicians to account. utilizing shut research of the discourse of tv and radio information, the e-book unearths how very important conventions for featuring information are altering, with major effects for the methods audiences comprehend its truthfulness. absolutely illustrated with examples and together with particular exam of the excessive profile case of ex-BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan, The Discourse of Broadcast information presents a accomplished learn in an effort to problem our present assumptions concerning the information. The Discourse of Broadcast information should be a key source for somebody learning the scoop, whether or not they be scholars of language and linguistics, media reviews or verbal exchange stories.

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Thus ‘the lecture’, ‘the debate’ and ‘cross-examination’, which have all had a life in broadcasting (Scannell and Cardiff, 1991), sometimes become transformed into new genres such as the studio discussion or the political interview. 6 Discourse domain Discourse genres arise in discourse domains. The notion of discourse domain overlaps with the well-established sociolinguistic or ethnographic interest in ‘context’ (of situation) or ‘setting’ (see Malinowski, 1946; Firth, 1957; Halliday, 1978; Hymes, 2001; Saville-Troike, 2003).

Genre is both the stabilisation or sedimentation of a particular set of discourse practices and the enabling framework from which discursive change and innovation take place. Indeed, a major source of difficulty in defining and applying the term genre is that some genres, at least, are unstable, in flux, with the boundaries dividing one from another tending to be indeterminate. In print journalism, for example, the notion of a ‘news piece’ Broadcast news and discourse analysis 27 is understood as generically opposed to ‘feature’.

Other terms in widespread use are Newscaster, Newsreader and Anchor. In some kinds of programme, typically the news magazine programme, the roles of News Presenter and Newsreader may be separate. In UK news bulletin programmes, Broadcast news and discourse analysis 35 the role of Presenter usually subsumes that of Newsreader. In the USA News Anchor is the more common term for News Presenter but the nomenclature is not precisely interchangeable, since many News Anchors are also involved in writing and/or editing the news for their programmes to a greater degree than their British counterparts.

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