Return of the talking heads: Entering the third wave of television news dramaturgy

Kenneth Reinecke Hansen, Peter Bro, Ralf Andersson

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The present article suggests that the brief history of Western television news dramaturgy can be expounded as three major waves: from the early days of the talking heads in the studio,over the narrativization of the field report to a (re-)current studio-and field-based talking heads format. In order to analyze the latest development entering the third wave,we propose a theoretically based dramaturgical model for the television news item. The analysis concludes that,with the current ‘return’ of the talking heads format,the pre-produced and pre-packaged bulletin program about past events is dissolving and transforming into an evaluative present-and future-oriented update format that resembles the 24-hour newsonly channels. Production time merges with broadcast time so that the uncertainty of live spreads to the dramaturgy.

TidsskriftJournalism Practice
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)43-56
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2016


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