Entertaining politics, seriously?! How talk show formats blur conceptual boundaries

Birte Schohaus

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    What happens behind the scenes of a talk show? Why do some politicians seem to appear on every show while others are hardly ever seen? Birte Schohaus conducted a multi-layered research in which she conducted interviews with journalists, producers, PR advisors and (former) politicians and combined them with short-term ethnographic research, and qualitative and quantitative content analyses of 6 Dutch talk shows: Pauw, Jinek, De Wereld Draait Door, RTL Late Night, WNL op Zondag, and Buitenhof. This research reveals how considerations, preparation, and agreements behind the scenes influence the interaction on screen, and how this is impacted by the shows’ formats.
    These formats, the ‘mechanics of the show’, determine each element of the presented conversation; its length, atmosphere and personalization, but also what makes politicians suitable for the shows. Only the politicians who have ‘talkability’ and are in a politically relevant position are likely to be invited frequently. Often, they are mixed or even replaced with other guests, such as experiential or media experts. The diversity of this approach of politics also depends on the formats of the shows.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • Broersma, Marcel, Supervisor
    • Wijfjes, Huub, Supervisor
    Award date14-Mar-2017
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs978-90-367-9671-2
    Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-9670-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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