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Title: ‘Broadcast to mark Holocaust Memorial Day’: Mass mediated Holocaust commemoration on British television and radio
Authors: Richardson, John E.
Keywords: Broadcasting
Holocaust memorial day
Content analysis
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The authors. Published by SAGE Publications Ltd
Citation: RICHARDSON, J.E., 2018. ‘Broadcast to mark Holocaust Memorial Day’: Mass mediated Holocaust commemoration on British television and radio. European Journal of Communication, doi:10.1177/0267323118763919.
Abstract: This article examines the various programmes that British television and radio broadcast to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), between 2002 and 2016. Adopting a content analytic methodology, I quantified the broadcast schedules of 15 successive HMDs, as recorded in archived copies of the Radio Times. My analysis reveals significant variations in mass-mediated Holocaust commemoration. Principally, I found: a decrease in programming, despite a significant increase in the number of television channels; a tendency towards ‘anniversarism’ in the form and frequency of broadcast programmes; a stress on Auschwitz, as metonym of the Holocaust, and on survivors, children and music; and that commercial channels were significantly more likely to broadcast documentaries (and repeats) than the BBC’s more varied and original outputs. These variations appear to be the result of three interlinked factors: first, a sense that the audience had grown weary of World War II commemoration, following saturation broadcasting of anniversaries in 2004-2005; changes in the management and programming priorities of key broadcasters, particularly the BBC; and that HMD has not yet become an established day for broadcasters in the nation’s commemorative calendar.
Description: This paper was published in the journal European Journal of Communication and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118763919.
Sponsor: This research was funded by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0267323118763919
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/28374
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323118763919
ISSN: 0267-3231
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