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

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Television news reporting

Despite the enormous satisfaction it is quite possible to derive from the business of putting together complicated news stories for transmission in a very short time, and the knowledge that real editorial power lies ultimately in the hands of deskbound executives, there is not much doubt that the glamour image of the average television newsroom journalist lags far behind that of those who appear in front of the camera. For while no viewer would be expected to name any member of backroom teams, descriptions of nationally known news performers – the ‘talent’ as they are quaintly called in the United States – trip easily off the tongue. So it is hardly surprisingly to find a high proportion of would-be recruits and starry-eyed ...

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