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Type: Journal article
Title: Emerging Powers of Influence: The Role of the Anchor in Chinese TV
Author: Pugsley, P.
Gao, J.
Citation: Gazette (Print Edition), 2007; 59(5):451-466
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1748-0485
Abstract: The focus of this study is the perceived influence of TV `anchors' (presenters) on Chinese television in the past 10 years or so, including the approaches and/or various institutional guidelines and disciplinary measures imposed by government departments and media institutions. Through the case of China Central Television (CCTV) and based on a theoretical framework that draws on the discourse of `news culture', the study explores the different types of `anchored' media presented in the genres of news and current affairs, and tracks the rise of four of China's most popular anchors in these genres. Using a combination of discourse, visual and policy analysis, this article illustrates how the popularity of high-profile anchor people in China since the mid-1990s has created a new type of influence, one not without its limitations but which may also contribute to a `public sphere' with Chinese characteristics.
Keywords: anchor; CCTV; Chinese television; Dongfang Shikong; Jiaodian Fangtan; Shihua Shishuo; Xinwen Lianbo; Zhuchiren (anchor)
RMID: 0020075772
DOI: 10.1177/1748048507080870
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