Monday, 1 June 2009

How well does the British Broadcasting industry serve the audience?

The british broadcasting industry is in place to serve the audiences needs and wants but as audiences grow bigger niche audiences are being missed with this in mind I will answer the question How well does the British Broadcasting industry serve the audience?

Friday, 22 May 2009

American Viewers

Although this is not british broadcasting it shows that ratings are dropping and people aren't watching tv as much.

Where Are TV Viewers Going?

20 May 2009 2:29 AM, PDT

Network ratings slipped further last week, despite the fact that many programs were airing season finales or closely approaching them. The top-ten list included the usual players, but all of them had seen better days. American Idol finally eliminated all but its final two contestants, and while Wednesday's results show posted a 14.0 rating and a 22 share, putting it at No. 1 for the week, it was slightly below the show's season average of 14.3/22. ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which came in third, drew an 11.8/18, down from a 12.6/19 average for the season. Indeed every show in the top ten was down from its season average -- at a time when ratings usually rise. The results make all the more curious a Nielsen study released today (Wednesday) indicating that home television viewing in general is up 1.2 percent over last year. Presumably viewers may now be watching more cable shows and fewer broadcast ones. (Online viewing is covered in a separate study.)

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:1. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 14/22; 2. American Idol (Tuesday), Fox, 13/21; 3. Dancing With the Stars (Monday), ABC, 11.8/18; 4. Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 11/18; 5. NCIS, CBS, 10.2/16; 6. The Mentalist, CBS, 10.1/15; 7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 9.3/15; 8. Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 9.1/14; 9. Without a Trace, CBS, 8.8/15; 10. CSI: Miami, CBS, 8.7/15; 10. (Tie)Desperate Housewives, ABC, 8.7/14.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

HorrorWith reference to the films you have studied, explore the controversial idea that genre is dead?

Genre defines a film and gives the audience an idea for a plotline but underneath all these genres are sub genres and genres that cross over with this being said I will discuss whether genre is dead?

 Genre is evolutionary and goes in a cycle. The cycle starts with a genre with a genre being established for example one horror movie may cause a high box office rating this stage, this is also known as the innovation stage named by theorist Thomas Schatz. Halloween (Dir John Carpenter) is an example of innovation as it pioneered the future of horror movies.

 Then the genre will hit peak reparation which will have genre expectations set known as the classical phase. Scream (Dir Wes Craven) was inspired heavily on Halloween. 

The cycle then moves on to parody where a genre is taken advantage of and draws attention to its codes and convention and can also possibly also make a mockery of the genre, Scary Movie (Dir Keenen Ivory Wayans) is a good example of parody as it takes many codes and conventions of a horror movie and plays with them thus also making a mockery of the genre.

 The cycle then comes full circle with deconstruction phase which shows the genre has gone through a transformation.


When a film is made it is stereotyped into a genre category but more and more films are struggling to fit less than one genre. On Halloween under genre is considered a Horror and a thriller.  Although genre can be called a vague category it still gives a brief outline. For Genre to survive maybe the boundaries of genre need to be tighter.

 Although genre could also be no more due to there being so many sub genres thus meaning that genre as a huge label no longer exist only small labels that have small boundaries.

 I believe that genre is slowly dying due to constant changes and sub genres combining to make new film codes and conventions.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Identify the challenges faced by PSB in recent years and consider its place in the current UK Broadcasting environment?

Most Viewers Recognize the Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) responsibilities of the BBC. Public service broadcasting consists of viewers paying to watch television in witch they have a say


Public Service broadcasting is facing competition in many different areas, for example the future of television license is in jeopardy due to the digital switchover. Many people are rebelling against the charge of the license fee as to receive television services in the future viewers will have to buy a digital television service such as sky. Sky Has a monthly fee and many people argue it is unfair to have to pay two separate fee's when they should come together to form one or that sky should have to divide some of their fee to psb.

Monday, 20 April 2009

A letter of complaint

Dear Sir/ Madam 

                               After witnessing an episode of your channel 4 show "Brass Eye" I Felt complied to write in and voice my opinion. I Was Disgusted at how you made pedophiles acceptable in a modern day community and how it spoofed a show that makes me proud to be british (crime-watch). I Will only feel justice has been done when a public apology has been broadcasted.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

ITC Programme Code:- Main Concerns

Main Concerns

Family Viewing Policy, Offence to Good Taste and Decency, Portrayal of
Violence and Respect for Human Dignity

  • Family Viewing Policy and the Watershed
  • Children and Imitative Behaviour
  • Prizes in children’s competitions
  • Bad Language
  • Sex and Nudity
  • Violence

Ofcom care deeply about childrens lifestyle with children poilcy being a major part of their programme code with strict regualtions. I Believe that children are a big part of our future and these codes are here to protect our future and our children.

Privacy, fairness and gathering of information

  • Filming and recording of members of the public
  • In circumstances of distress
  • Secret filming and recording

I Feel these regulations are in place to protect us and are very important


The Indepentdent Television Commision (ITC) has ceased to exist from 18 December 2003 and its duties have been assumed by Ofcom.