20702642 - TV and Radio Broadcasting: cultures and formats

This course provides students with an overview on formats, storytelling and production forms of contemporary radio and television broadcasting, now almost entirely digitized, in a mediascape characterized by a vast offer of audiovisual contents on various platforms, with several delivery patterns. Contemporary broadcasting is characterized by a large amount of audiovisual contents proposed (pay o for free) to the audiences, available on a wide range of devices (TV screens, tablets, outdoor), both domestic and mobile. The audiovisual contents proposed by broadcasting media are also challenged by grassroots contents production and delivery through social networks, YouTube, web radio and TV stations.
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The course is splitted into two parts. The first is dedicated to the basic notions that allow to frame the radio and television languages from a theoretical point of view: schedule, format, genre(s), serial narratives, audience. The second part focuses on the recent history of the two media, from the late Seventies up to the contemporary situation, looking at the main evolutions of the genres and at the present national offer.

Core Documentation

- G. Grignaffini, I generi televisivi. Nuova Edizione, Roma, Carocci 2021
- M. Perrotta, Fare radio. Formati, programmi e strategie per la radiofonia digitale, Roma, Audino, 2017

Reference Bibliography

- E. Menduni, Televisione e radio nel XXI secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2016

Type of delivery of the course

Frontal teaching, seminars and visit to radio and TV studios.



Type of evaluation

The exam is oral. Students will be asked to answer questions on the topics covered in the lessons and contained in the exam texts. The topics can be dealt with freely, proving to have acquired skills in the cultures and formats of broadcast media.