This book is a collection of studies on political interaction in a variety of broadcast, namely news and current affairs programs, political interviews, audience participation programs and radio phone-ins. Following a growing scholarly interest in political discourses, dialogic forms of news production and media talk in general, a number of internationally acclaimed scholars investigate the discursive and interactional practices that give rise to the arena of public politics in contemporary society. Chapters span an array of cultural contexts, as diverse as Sweden, Greece, Belgium (Flanders), the U.K., Spain, Israel, the U.S.A., Australia and China. Authors combine an interest in discourse analysis and conversation analysis with different disciplinary orientations, such as linguistics, media and cultural studies, sociology, political science, and social psychology. The book uncovers current trends in media and political discourse, and will be of interest to both students and scholars of media discourse and politics.
1. Contributors; 2. Appendix; 3. Talking politics in broadcast media: An introduction (by Ekstrom, Mats); 4. Part I. Conversational strategies in political interviewing and political news discourse; 5. Chapter 1. Questioning candidates (by Clayman, Steven E.); 6. Chapter 2. The accountability interview, politics and change in UK public service broadcasting (by Montgomery, Martin); 7. Chapter 3. Political discourse in TV news: Conversational presentation and the politics of 'trust' (by Tolson, Andrew); 8. Chapter 4. Political television formats as strategic resources in achieving journalists' roles (by Smedt, Eva De); 9. Chapter 5. Address terms in the Australian political news interview (by Rendle-Short, Johanna); 10. Part II. Neutralism and hybridity in contemporary broadcast journalism; 11. Chapter 6. Doing non-neutral: Belligerent interaction in the hybrid political interview (by Hutchby, Ian); 12. Chapter 7. Hybridity as a resource and challenge in a talk show political interview (by Ekstrom, Mats); 13. Chapter 8. Neutralism revisited: When journalists set new rules in political news discourse (by Patrona, Marianna); 14. Chapter 9. When the watchdog bites: Insulting politicians on air (by Kampf, Zohar); 15. Part III. Discourse patterns for displaying accountability in citizen participation programmes; 16. Chapter 10. "I have one question for you Mr. President": Doing accountability in "citizen interviews" (by Lorenzo-Dus, Nuria); 17. Chapter 11. Officials' accountability performance on Hong Kong talk radio: The case of the Financial Secretary Hotline (by Lee, Francis L.F.)