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Television News, 4th Edition by Ray Alexander, Ivor Yorke

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Who does what in television news

If television news is a jigsaw puzzle, then most of the pieces represent highly skilled technicians with special contributions to make towards building up the final picture. For in modern industrial jargon television remains ‘labour-intensive’ which, despite the frequent trimming of staff numbers, means that a large percentage of what it costs to run such an organization is spent on the wages bill. Value for money is therefore essential.

Purely local broadcasting, frequently run on a tight budget, has always demanded nothing if not versatility from its people. In its mildest form this has been likely to give an executive senior managerial and administrative duties as well as editorial ones, an engineer responsibility ...

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