While we Americans are eating Thanksgiving dinner, the Brits are discussing transnational television channels (updated).

Posted: 23 Nov 2007   Print   Send a link
"There has recently been a huge growth in transnational English language television channels, with the launch in the UK of Al Jazeera English, Press TV (Iran), CCTV9 (China), France 24 and Russia Today. These join existing channels such as CNN International, Voice of America and BBC World TV. But what are the purposes of these channels? Who are they for and who is watching them? Do they constitute a global group of English speaking nations, an ‘Anglosphere’? These are some of the questions that will be debated today (Thursday 22nd November) by media professionals and academics at a workshop, sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), entitled ‘Transnational TV News and Media Diplomacy: Al Jazeera English in Context.’" At King's College, London. Economic & Social Research Council, 22 November 2007. Update: And in Canada, on the American Thanksgiving Day, at a Montreal conference on public diplomacy, Canadians discussed, among other things, "how to distinguish ourselves from invading American culture." One possible solution: "a Canadian version of the British Council." Quill blog, 22 November 2007. See also conference information.