Nikos Demertzis, Antonis Armenakis
"Parliament in Press and Television"
|Based on research conducted by the authors on the relationship
between the Hellenic parliament and the media, this book analyses
the way that the press reports parliamentary members, activities
and proceedings. They focus also on relations between MPs and
television. The book examines how parliamentary correspondents
react to television coverage of the Greek parliament. There
are six chapters. The first provides a theoretical framework
of political communication in Greece, while the second looks
at other relevant research. The third chapter deals with the
research methodology used in the project while chapter four
presents the methodology and the hypothesis of the research.
The fifth and the final chapters concentrate on the findings
of the research, and the conclusions of the authors. Among the
findings of the research are that although the amount of political
news coverage increased considerably between 1987 and 1997,
since 1987 it has decreased in comparison to other news items
and coverage. News coming from parliament has decreased even
in the politics sections of the newspapers. News that has been
chosen with respect to parliament is mostly focused on individuals
and tends towards sensationalist treatment. The MPs have welcomed
television, but are wary of its effects. They dispute the way
that both private and commercial channels cover parliament and
the political world. Most of them believe that a parliamentary
television channel would provide better coverage of parliament.
In contrast to MPs, correspondents in the written press are
more critical of television coverage of parliament, although
they believe that public television provides a better image
of parliamentary proceedings. They are nevertheless more sceptical
than MPs of the desirability of a separate parliamentary channel.