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Political information opportunities in Europe: A longitudinal and comparative study of 13 television systems


Esser, Frank; de Vreese, Claes; Strömbäck, Jesper; van Aelst, Peter; Aalberg, Toril; Stanyer, James; Lengauer, Günther; Berganza, Rosa; Legnante, Guido; Papathanassopoulos, Stylianos; Salgado, Susana; Sheafer, Tamir; Reinemann, Carsten (2012). Political information opportunities in Europe: A longitudinal and comparative study of 13 television systems. International Journal of Press/Politics, 17(3):247-274.

Abstract

This study examines the supply of political information programming across thirteen European broadcast systems over three decades. The cross-national and crosstemporal design traces the composition and development of political information environments with regard to the amount and placement of news and current affairs programs on the largest public and private television channels. It finds that the televisual information environments of Israel and Norway offer the most advantageous opportunity structure for informed citizenship because of their high levels of airtime
and a diverse scheduling strategy. The study contributes to political communication research by establishing “political information environments” as a theoretically and empirically grounded concept that informs and supplements the comparison of “media systems.” If developed further, it could provide an information-rich, easy-tomeasure macro-unit for future comparative research.

Abstract

This study examines the supply of political information programming across thirteen European broadcast systems over three decades. The cross-national and crosstemporal design traces the composition and development of political information environments with regard to the amount and placement of news and current affairs programs on the largest public and private television channels. It finds that the televisual information environments of Israel and Norway offer the most advantageous opportunity structure for informed citizenship because of their high levels of airtime
and a diverse scheduling strategy. The study contributes to political communication research by establishing “political information environments” as a theoretically and empirically grounded concept that informs and supplements the comparison of “media systems.” If developed further, it could provide an information-rich, easy-tomeasure macro-unit for future comparative research.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:12 Mar 2013 16:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:39
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1940-1612
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1940161212442956

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