9780521785600

'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521785600

  • ISBN10:

    052178560X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Drawing on the diverse views of over 1,300 children in the UK between the ages of 6 and 12, 'Dear BBC' discusses key controversies in the public sphere about children's relationship with the media, especially television drama. Mire Messenger Davies draws on material gathered from an audience research project commissioned by the BBC, based on surveys, structured discussions with children and interviews with programme makers and policy makers. The book explores a number of complex and controversial issues. What do children think is the ideal television service for them, and for others? How is media consumption managed and negotiated in the home? How is the relationship between programme makers and audience changing in the light of global broadcasting trends? And perhaps most importantly, how much attention should be paid to children's views about these issues and the future of children's television? This engaging and accessible book will appeal to a broad audience.

Table of Contents

List of tables
vi
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(20)
Part I: Broadcasting institutions and childhood
Children and broadcasting in the 1990s
21(28)
The importance of television storytelling
49(27)
Changing childhood
76(22)
`Dear BBC': Children's relationship with broadcasters---the consumer child
98(29)
Part II: The social functions of broadcasting
The Reithian agenda: Setting good examples (with David Machin)
127(19)
Censorship
146(25)
Aspects of identity
171(32)
Part III: The art of television
Media literacy and the understanding of narrative (with David Machin)
203(22)
Animation
225(17)
Conclusion: children and television drama---narrative closure? 242(9)
Appendix 1 251(2)
Appendix 2 253(14)
References 267(8)
Index 275

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