Television Studies Research Group
Television is everywhere. If you are like this group, you are watching television. In the UK, people still watch on average more than two hours a day of live broadcast television; indeed during lockdown in 2020 it was closer to three. And when people are not watching live broadcast television, they might well be streaming something on one of the many platforms now available. Television is more complex, more part of daily life, and therefore more worth thinking about than ever before.
Television remains a dominant medium globally, and in the UK it remains a very significant part of the creative industries which are vital to the UK economy. Ideas of public service broadcasting remain central to thinking about television in many countries around the world, meaning the medium is mandated to have significant social and cultural roles often absent in other forms of culture. In its array of genres, formats, styles and programming television is awash with variety; it is ‘the best of everything’ as John Reith (the first Director General of the BBC) called it when he laid out his vision for the BBC. Television informs, it entertains, and it educates.
As a research group, they are aiming to understand television better – in all its forms and varieties. This includes understanding multiplatform television, how television represents traditions and histories and non-human animals, how it tells stories about significant neighbours, and how it connects to other media, be that through generic similarities or because of personnel moving between the media. But they also want to understand how the television industries work and how the industries could work better by being more inclusive.
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