Date of Award

1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Communication Studies

First Advisor

Surlin, Stuart,

Keywords

Mass Communications.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study examined a number of aspects of the Caribbean television news exchange system known as Caribvision with reference to its significance for Caribbean integration. Caribvision is the latest in a number of relatively recent attempts by Third World nations to improve the flow of news and images of one other among themselves via television with the aid of satellite technology. While the primary focus of the research was the content of material transmitted on the system, some insights were also gained regarding patterns of offers and usage by member stations. Additionally, key individuals involved in the submission and utilization decisions at member stations were interviewed to determine their orientations to the exchange and its role in the region. It was found that there was moderate to high utilization of exchanged material by stations though absolute levels of regional television news remained small. While there was consensus among decision-makers on the importance of the exchange for integration, there was only limited occurrence of overt discussion of regionalism or regionally significant issues in the exchanged material. In the context of Deutsch's communications approach to integration it is suggested that it is the level of exchange of material rather than the incidence of any particular topic which may signify unifying potential. Further research is recommended to ascertain the degree to which the exchanged material is received and utilized by various national audiences in the region. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1494. Adviser: Stuart Surlin. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.

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