Diet-News: The Impact of Deregulation on the Content of One Network News, 1984-1996.

by Cook, Daniel M.

Abstract (Summary)
Restricted Item. Print thesis available in the University of Auckland Library or available through Inter-Library Loan. Diet News is a study of the changes in the content and presentation of news items by One Network News from 1984 to 1996. The intention is to examine these changes in the light of current media research on the effects of introducing or increasing commercial pressures. The radical restructuring of New Zealand's broadcast environment in the late eighties presented a unique case study to study these effects' New Zealand went further, faster than any other comparable broadcast environment, moving in a few short years from a highly regulated public-oriented broadcast system, to perhaps the most deregulated broadcast market in the world The effects on news selection at One Network News were immediate and substantial. Political news halved between 1988 and 1989. while less serious news categories like human-interest, crime and disaster news increased. By 1996, the average One Network News bulletin in our sample featured more banter between the presenters than it offered information about political policy. What follows is a look at two ends of a continuum for how a nation might organize broadcasting - the British system and the American, The second chapter looks at New Zealand's broadcasting history, and develops the proposition that the move from a public-oriented to a commercially-oriented system would have specific impacts on news selection and presentation. Chapter Three discusses the methodology designed to test those hypotheses, and Chapters Four and Five describe the findings of the macro-analysis of change to content selection, and a micro-analysis of change to a single category of reportage - political policy news. We conclude with a brief assessment of the likely consequences for the New Zealand audience.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Auckland / Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau

School Location:New Zealand

Source Type:Master's Thesis



Date of Publication:01/01/2002

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