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Dominic Boyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451881

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451881.001.0001

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Professionalism, Publicity, and Political Culture in 24/7 News Radio

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The Life Informatic

Dominic Boyer

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines mdr info, a 24/7 news radio station housed within a regional public broadcaster, which seeks to adapt the political publicity of traditional German broadcasting to the new exigencies of fast-time digital information. It focuses on how mid-twentieth-century political publicity is both being sustained and yet also subtly transformed by the new institutions of digital newsmaking and news flow. The study points to conditions that transcend any one news organization today. It focuses on the news coverage of the 2009 national elections, highlighting the Agenda 2010 campaign promoted by the Social Democratic Party (SPD)–Green coalition government. The chapter observes postelection coverage at a public broadcaster, who even outside of election cycles, political themes are given unusual time and attention.

Keywords:   mdr info, 24/7 news, radio station, regional public broadcaster, German broadcasting, fast-time digital information, mid-twentieth-century, political publicity, postelection coverage

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