'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere

'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere

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Máire Messenger Davies
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 9/27/2001
EAN 9780521780773, ISBN10: 0521780772

Hardcover, 290 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Drawing on the diverse views of over 1,300 children in the UK between the ages of 6 and 12, 'Dear BBC' discusses key controversies in the public sphere about children's relationship with the media, especially television drama. Máire Messenger Davies draws on material gathered from an audience research project commissioned by the BBC, based on surveys, structured discussions with children and interviews with programme makers and policy makers. The book explores a number of complex and controversial issues. What do children think is the ideal television service for them, and for others? How is media consumption managed and negotiated in the home? How is the relationship between programme makers and audience changing in the light of global broadcasting trends? And perhaps most importantly, how much attention should be paid to children's views about these issues and the future of children's television? This engaging and accessible book will appeal to a broad audience.

Part I. Broadcasting Institutions and Childhood
1. 'It should be mixed and something for all ages'
children and broadcasting in the 1990s
2. 'Once you get into it you are just, like, hooked'
the importance of television storytelling
3. 'How old are big people? Ten'
changing childhood
4. 'Dear BBC'
children's relationship with broadcasters - the consumer child
Part II. The Social Functions of Broadcasting
5. 'Setting good examples'
the Reithian agenda
6. 'If you ban it they'll be complaining it's not on'
7. 'I think it comes from England, because they speak our language'
aspects of identity
Part III. The Art of Television
8. 'Never, ever in a programme do you see the bad guy win'
media literacy and the understanding of narrative
9. 'You can make anything happen, as long as you can draw it'