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PARLIAMENT IN PRESS AND TELEVISION


Nikos Demertzis, Antonis Armenakis
"Parliament in Press and Television"
ISBN:960-560-026-9
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.