Controversial television: who gains?

Hornabrook, Jessica Bethan (2016) Controversial television: who gains? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This study looks into the aims of controversial programmes primarily broadcast on channel 4 and how audiences or broadcasters gain from them. It focuses on whether these programmes are made for the greater good of the audiences or to increase the rating and viewing numbers. To complete this study, a variety of research methods were used to gain vital information. Primary research was used to gain a response from people within the television industry and the public. This study looked at construction of programmes, the need to see the content and intentional and unintentional controversy to determine whether controversial programmes are benefiting the audience. It also discussed viewing platforms, limits and ‘Car Crash TV’ (English Dictionary, n.d.) to establish whether these programmes are made to predominantly increase audience numbers. The results and discussion made concluded that different levels of production have different motives. The producers and production team have a more humanistic approach and aim to please contributors and benefit audiences. This study found that there is evidence that broadcasters are mainly creating controversial programmes for audience numbers. This shows that there is questionable content being screened for various reasons.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:20
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:20

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