Current affairs (news format)

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Current affairs is a genre of broadcast journalism in which major news stories are discussed at length in a timely manner.

This differs from regular news broadcasts that place emphasis on news reports presented for simple presentation as soon as possible, often with a minimum of analysis. It is also different from the news magazine show format in that the events are discussed immediately.

The UK's BBC programmes such as This World , Panorama , Real Story , BBC Scotland Investigates , Spotlight , Week In Week Out , and Inside Out fit the definition. [1]

In Canada, CBC Radio produces a number of current affairs show both nationally such as The Current and As it Happens as well as regionally with morning current affairs shows such as Information Morning , a focus the radio network developed in the 1970s as a way to recapture audience from television. [2]

Additionally, newspapers such as the Private Eye , the Economist, Monocle, the Spectator, the Week, the Oldie, the Investors Chronicle , Prospect, MoneyWeek , [3] the New Statesman , Time , Fortune, the BBC History Magazine, and History Today are all sometimes referred to as current affairs magazines. [4]

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References

  1. Plans to increase prominence and appeal of current affairs programming, a BBC press release
  2. Morris Wolfe, Fifty Years of Radio, CBC Enterprises (1986), p. 36
  3. Turvill, William. "Current affairs magazine ABCs: Private Eye claims highest circulation since 1986 with 4.6 per cent boost".
  4. Turvill, William (11 February 2016). "Current affairs magazine ABCs, 2015: Spectator, New Statesman, Private Eye and Economist all grow in election year". Press Gazette . Retrieved 20 March 2016.