Whither state, private or public service broadcasting? : an analysis of the construction of news on ZBC TV during the 2002 presidential election campaign in Zimbabwe

Dlamini, Tula (2004) Whither state, private or public service broadcasting? : an analysis of the construction of news on ZBC TV during the 2002 presidential election campaign in Zimbabwe. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The study sets out to examine the television coverage of the 2002 presidential campaign in Zimbabwe by examining the extent to which the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation fulfilled the mandate of public service broadcasting. The primary objective of this study is to assess how ZBC television newscasts mediated pluralistic politics in the coverage of the country’s presidential election campaign, in line with the normative public sphere principles. The thesis comprises seven chapters organized, first, with an introductory chapter, which provides the general background of the study. The chapter offers the rationale for the focus on TV rather than other media forms. There are two theoretical and contextual chapters in which the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods is explained and findings are presented. Finally, the conclusion offers recommendations about the form broadcasting might take to fulfil a public service mandate and these include the strengthening of the public service broadcasting model along normative public sphere principles. The findings of the analysed election newscasts confirm that ZBC television election news was constructed in favour of ZANU PF at the expense of voices from other social and political constituencies.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies (ad eundem gradum).
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, political aspects of journalism, Zimbabwe, mass media, political campaigns in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe elections, television and politics, Zimbabwe politics and government 1980-
Subjects:D World History and History of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc > DT Africa > Zimbabwe
D World History and History of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc > DT Africa > Zimbabwe
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Journalism and Media Studies
ID Code:56
Deposited By: Rhodes Library Archive Administrator
Deposited On:31 Oct 2005
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:17
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