Programme Type Channel & Time
Animation In summary:
In the TV schedule for ___________ (day of the week) there are (number of movies, cartoons, sports
On the whole, on _________________ there is a majority of _______________________________
Text 2: TV ignores the real world P -
Look at these different types of programmes. Can you think of an example of each type of programme
from TV in your own country? Which ones do you enjoy watching? Why?
a soap opera a travel programme
a “reality” TV programme a current affairs programme
a holiday 'challenge' programme a documentary about the developing world
an investigative documentary
You are going to read a newspaper article about how TV ignores informative programmes about the
Read the two summaries. Then read the artic1e. Which summary is more accurate?
l Although there has been a recent rise in the number of factual programmes about the developing
world on British TV, they are not serious investigations into the society and politics of these countries.
They are merely entertainment. As a result, British people are less informed about the developing world
than they should be.
2 British TV is only really interested in trivia and celebrities, which is why it only makes programmes
like docusoaps and travel programmes. Although the situation has improved since the events of
September 11th, British people are still very ignorant of events in the developing world.
Britons grow dull on trivia as TV ignores developing world
by John Vidal
The British are becoming increasingly ignorant of programmes on development, human rights and
how more than 80% of the world lives, thinks and the environment fell to unprecedentedly low
acts because television has abandoned serious levels, representing just 6% of all factual
examination of developing countries, according to international programmes. Even programmes
a comprehensive analysis of last year's made in developing countries failed largely to
programming. The research, which covers the show the world from the point of view of people
year to September 2001, was conducted by the who lived there. Consumer-oriented travel
Third World and Environment Broadcasting Trust, programmes increased to one-third of all foreign
3WE, which is funded by Oxfam and other leading factual programming in 2000 - 2001, and reality
development charities. During that period it found TV programmes such as Survivor grew to more
there were only four programmes on the politics of than 10% of all factual international coverage on
developing countries. The report also found that commercial channels.
Following September 11, beyond the period of the
the international documentary was now virtually research in the report, the authors recorded
dead and that “reality” TV, holiday “challenges” “many searching examinations” of the state of the
and docusoaps dominated television coverage of world and the division between cultures, but a
“Eighty-five per cent of us get our primary snapshot survey of February this year found that
information about the world from television, but British TV had reverted to shallow formula
the space for programmes covering the lives, entertainment and “brochure” shows. One BBC
cultures and politics of the rest of the world is now programme was a desert adventure with the
almost completely closed,” said Don Redding of former footballer Ian Wright, challenged to survive
Oxfam. More hours, says the report, were devoted in the Kalahari. It made no mention of the K'Wa,
to filming British celebrities and games players in or bushmen, being evicted from their ancestral
exotic locations than to showing the reality of life areas in what observers term a human rights
for the 5 billion people in developing countries. disaster. The researchers fall just short of
Although factual programming about developing accusing the broadcasters of failing to carry out
countries rose by 20% in the year, the number of their responsibilities to cover the wider world, but
programmes looking at the society, development charge them with being obsessed with trivia,
and environment of developing countries fell culture and celebrities.
The Guardian Weekly 18-7-2002, page 27
dramatically. There were just 10 programmes in
the whole year about conflicts and disasters, and
Find numbers in the text to match these statements.
1. The percentage of British people who rely on the TV to hear about world events.
2. The number of programmes about conflicts and disasters.
3. The percentage of people living in the developing world.
4. The number of people living in the developing world.
5. The percentage of factual programming made up by “reality” TV programmes.
6. The percentage by which the amount of factual programming about the developing world on
British TV went up in 2001.
7. The amount of factual programming filmed abroad which is made up by travel programmes.
8. The number of programmes about Third World politics.
Look at these paired words from the text. How are they different in meaning?
3. good/bad coverage
4. a commercial channel/the BBC
6. a snapshot survey/comprehensive analysis/ a searching examination
Link a word from the world of television with its definition
a. Someone who operates a camera for films or
television. Not to be confused with
photographer (someone who takes
1. commercial break photographs).
2. cameraman b. Someone who watches too much television.
c. The actors who perform in a film, play or
3. cast television drama.
4. producer d. The time when advertisements are broadcast
5. TV addict during a television (or radio) programme.
6. director e. Someone whose job is to organise the
financing and preparation of a film or
f. Someone who prepares actors and technical
staff for the production of a play or film.
What do you think? Discuss these questions…
1. Do you think TV should entertain or inform?
2. Do you think it has a duty to inform us about events and issues in the poorer parts of the world?
3. How would you describe TV programming in your country? Use some of the words below.
shallow trivial cultural obsessed with celebrity
serious biased informative chewing gum for the eyes
mindless educational broad-minded
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