Cultural Chaos and the Globalisation of Journalism
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As a student of the news media in the early 1980s it was necessary, if one wished to make empirically substantiated statements about news content, to take into account a ﬁnite number of national newspaper titles – in the UK, ten dailies, and another ten or so Sunday publications – and news bulletins on three television channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV), amounting to perhaps two hours per day of TV news in total. Radio carried hourly bulletins and some current affairs, mainly on the BBC’s Radio Four. Monitoring, archiving and analysing this material, as I had to do on becoming a postgraduate research student with the Glasgow University Media Group in 1982, was an expensive and time-consuming task, though satisfying in the feeling the exercise gave of inclusivity. Even after the arrival of a fourth terrestrial channel in January of that year, systematic content analysis of news output was still the realistic goal of a do-able research methodology. As late as 1991 one could still aspire to ‘know’ one’s object of study – news content – in something approximating to its entirety.