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Since the arrival of multi-channel television, there has been considerable debate about whether broadcasting still needs to be under the restraint of so much content regulation. Why should broadcast programmes be treated any differently from other forms of media content? Much of the debate has centred round the impartiality regulations, which some also consider will impede broadcasting's ability to deal effectively with changed political realities, while others argue that these are all that prevent broadcasting from becoming as opinion-driven as much of the press. Here two distinguished academics find themselves on opposite sides of the fen...

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Tim Hewat was celebrated during his tenure at Granada Television as one of the most influential journalists working in Britain in the second half of the 20th century, but then largely forgotten for 30 years.This is explained as a function of the specific historicization of journalists, reflecting both academic prejudices and occupational values. The history of journalism is largely devoid of the lived experiences of the majority of its practitioners. Hewats case indicates that journalists disappear from history when they step outside the domains of valorized media institutions and journalism hierarchies that contribute to notions such as the Fourth Estate. Mobilizing Paul Thompsons category of underclasses, this article argues that this reductionism has largely rendered the majority of journalists historically invisible and classified them as unter-journalists , a kind of sub-category which does not comply with a priori norms. The Author(s) 2010.
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