‘MTSU On the Record’ consults expert on how Britis...

‘MTSU On the Record’ consults expert on how British TV changed channels

The story of how British TV news became less stuffy and more competitive was the topic on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program. 

Dr. Madeleine Liseblad, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Dr. Maddie Liseblad

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Madeleine “Maddie” Liseblad, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, first aired Dec. 1 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and

You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.

Liseblad’s new book, “American Consultants and the Marketization of Television News in the United Kingdom,” examines Frank Magid and Associates’ consultancy of British television news platforms in the 1990s.

The idea was to introduce changes in presentation and editing that would make British newscasts more like American newscasts.

The traditional standard was set by the government-funded British Broadcasting Corp., which presented excellent journalism in a very stiff, formal manner that was not necessarily appealing to all viewers.

School of Journalism & Strategic Media logo“It was very long-winded,” Liseblad said. “They would have politicians on the air giving sound bites for two, three, four minutes … U.K. television has this tradition of not inserting personality into their TV broadcasting.

“They didn’t have the anchors being shown on air for a very long time, and when they first showed the anchors on the air — they’re called presenters in the U.K.— they didn’t identify them.”

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