Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media

A professional and scholarly quarterly presenting research in communication and electronic media. Covers topics on media uses, effects of media, regulation, history, organization, advertising, technology, news, and entertainment.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 1, March

Attention-Getting and Comprehension-Raising Attributes in Visuals in Dutch and American, Public and Private Television News about Violence
Using visual aids is a hallmark of television news in the United States and the Netherlands. In the words of Henny Stoel (1996), a well-known news reader and editor of the Dutch NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Foundation) news, "When you turn on the television,...
Exhibiting Global Television: On the Business and Cultural Functions of Global Television Fairs
Global television programming fairs, officially known as "sales markets" in the business, lie at the heart of international syndication. Such programming trade shows as MIP-TV (Marche International des Programmes de Television, or International Television...
High-Definition Television as Policy Failure
Early in 1981 about a dozen Federal Communications Commission officials, including several commissioners and their assistants, filed into a darkened room in a building near Commission headquarters in Washington, DC, to witness the beginning of a revolution....
Making News Memorable: Applying Theory to the Production of Local Television News
An increasing number of studies have documented that media consumers don't learn much from news, particularly broadcast news (Wilson, 1994; Neuman, 1976; Katz, Adoni, & Parness, 1977). Yet, television is the primary source of news information for...
Memory Misattributions for Characters in a Television News Story
How well do viewers of television newscasts remember the who-did-what-to-whom narratives of the television news stories that they see? That is, how well can viewers retain in memory the identities of characters portrayed in news stories, those characters'...
Popular Video Games: Quantifying the Presentation of Violence and Its Context
Video games are one of the most recent forms of mass media to come under attack. Critics have charged that video games such as Mortal Kombat, Duke Nukem, and Doom are not only inundated with violence, but that playing such games may be having a harmful...
Prime-Time Violence 1993-2001: Has the Picture Really Changed?
Concerns about television violence have sparked intense debate since television's earliest days. There is general agreement that violence exists on television, but because of differences in the way violence is defined and measured, there is little...
The Evolution of the Cables-Satellite Distribution System
The television industry began a dramatic transformation in the mid 1970s following the creation of the cable-satellite programming distribution system. This paper details the evolution of the cable-satellite link, from its conceptual roots in the 1960s,...
The Public Interest Obligations Initiative: Lost in the Digital Television Shuffle
Amidst all the discussion of digital television issues, such as transition deadlines, mandatory tuners, and must-carry provisions, one very important issue has fallen off of policymakers' radar screens. That is the issue of the public interest obligations...
Viewer Aggression and Homophily, Identification, and Parasocial Relationships with Television Characters
Since the early days of television, people have been concerned about the possible negative effects of television on violent or aggressive behavior. One research direction to studying these effects has been to explore people's perceptions of the characters...
Who Wants DTV?
The United States will have an all-digital terrestrial television broadcast system at some point in the first half of the 21st century. The key question is not whether this transition will take place, but rather how soon it will occur. Some progress...