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Introduction

This book is for people who want to work in television news, are interested in the practical techniques of television news, or who want to know how it fits into the multimedia/Net-media make-your-own-news world we now live in.

To understand fully what the place of television news can be in the first decade of the new century we also need to know how it developed. There were three ages of broadcasting. First, wireless telegraphy and radio. They revolutionized commerce and communications. Among thousands of historical moments our grandparents may have known was Neville Chamberlain’s announcement that Britain was at war with Germany. Or, in America, the day when the actor Orson Welles terrified the audience with his theatre group’s ...

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