By Máire Messenger Davies
Drawing at the different perspectives of over 1,300 young children within the united kingdom among the a while of 6-12, "Dear BBC" discusses key controversies within the public sphere approximately kid's courting with the media, in particular tv drama. M?ire Messenger Davies attracts on fabric collected from an viewers examine venture commissioned via the BBC, in line with surveys, dependent discussions with childrens and interviews with application makers and coverage makers.
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Extra info for 'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere
Sky is not like cable, because cable has a little bit more channels than Sky. But some, unlike this girl, referred to all cable and satellite channels with the generic term `Sky' (News Corporation, headed by Rupert Murdoch): Please can you put more Sky programmes on CBBC and CITV because I haven't got Sky and I would like to see what is on Sky and please can you take some cartoons off. (Boy, 10, inner-city primary school, Cardiff ) This boy obviously believed that BBC and ITV had the power to put Sky (or satellite/cable) programmes in their schedules at will; and there is, indeed, an increasing cross-over, or `windowing' of programmes made for cable channels, being shown on terrestrial channels, and vice versa, as in the case of Rugrats, made by Nickelodeon, shown on both Nickelodeon and BBC1.
These were the values most frequently expressed by the childschedulers in this study. The following comments from a group of 12-year-old boys in an outer-city secondary school in Cardiff, give an example. Their schedule began with the comedy drama for young children, Fudge, followed by the cartoon Rugrats, with two factual programmes ± Live and Kicking and Newsround ± in the middle, and ended with the more adult cartoon Ren and Stimpy and the pop-music show, Top of the Pops. g. Fudge, ®rst and then work up through the ages gradually and ®nishing with Top of the Pops, with Newsround in the middle because we think it's important for children to know what's going on in the world.
I think there should be more programmes for the whole family. I think there should be more channels. Another 10-year-old girl, in a village primary school in Buckinghamshire, saw channels as ways of targeting different audiences: Children and broadcasting in the 1990s 37 I think you should have grown up programmes on the Channel 5 and Channel 6. Children's on 1 and 4 and science, the future, the past and other varieties on 2, 3, 6 and 7. Younger children, too, were aware of the option of having a special channel for special genres of programming, as in the case of this 8-yearold girl in a rural primary school in Co.
'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere by Máire Messenger Davies