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  • REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL? Evaluating the THE 2015 Workplace...

    After my last blog on the academic work culture almost brought the CST site down I was going to resort to less fraught ground today and write about the brilliance of Claudia Winkleman. And then John Ellis shared with me the latest Times Higher 2015 Univer
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  • BROADCASTING TO RESCUE THE INTERNET FOR PUBLIC SERVICE? THE...

    Tony Ageh, the BBC’s one original thinker, spoke at Royal Holloway earlier this week. Those expecting a standard defence of the ‘BBC licence fee’ were in for a shock. He proposed a complete rethinking of the concept for the digital age.
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  • THE PERILS OF SERIES TWO - THE BATTERING OF BROADCHURCH by...

    You have to feel sorry for Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall. His ability to hold and manipulate the audience, demonstrated so brilliantly in series 1 of Broadchurch, seems to have deserted him and newspaper and television websites are full of angry vie
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  • TELEVISION REMOVALS by Sean Redmond

    There will be different reasons for why the routine of viewing television will momentarily leave our day-to-day lives. Major rituals and life events may require of us to turn it off, to be somewhere else, or we may consciously decide to have time away fro
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  • MORK, TALK AND THE ROBIN WILLIAMS OF TELEVISION by Liz...

    When Robin Williams died in August there was an outpouring of grief, disbelief and finally, celebration. While in recent years Williams’ television work may have been overshadowed by his film appearances (including academy award nominations and awards), i
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  • 2015: THE YEAR OF DRAMATIC CHANGES by John Ellis

    Christmas when I was young was enlivened by the appearance of Old Moore’s Almanack, a kind of Private Eye of the year to come with a deliberately retro cover. It contained hundreds of weird predictions, as it does again this year from its new headquarters
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  • REFLECTIONS ON BEING A TRANSNATIONAL SCHOLAR by Simone Knox

    In 2012, Tasha Oren and Sharon Shahaf opened their edited collection on global television formats with the following words: 'With the medium now three quarters of a century old, television studies remains tethered to its historical U.S./U.K. legacy.' Thi
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  • TURKISH NOVELAS IN CHILE; DATELINE SWEDEN by Toby Miller

    Now that I’m moving between part-time academic posts in three countries, I’m lucky, needy, or nerdy enough, to look for, accept, or leap at short-term opportunities. This week I’m a visitor at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden in Nörrkopin
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  • HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, AT LEAST...

    With Christmas being my favourite time of year, I look forward to the supplanting of my post-Halloween blues with the slow build up of festive red, green and gold iconography, images of snowy mountains, shop displays of Christmas cards and faux-wrapped pr
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  • POPPIES AND THE PASSING BELLS: REMEMBERING WWI ON...

    One thing is for sure: World War 1 is not going to disappear from our screens any time soon. It’s there on all channels from CBBBs and BBC3 to ITV and the more specialist Discovery and History channels. The BBC has entered into full public service mode wi
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