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The Fictional Treatment of Sensitive Issues on French TV Channels

Abstract : A survey of the situation of docudrama on French television over the last twenty years requires that we focus on the motives for the choice of the genre, the frequency with which it is used, the subject-matters to which it is applied and the intentions of the producers: whether it is to entertain, to inform or to provoke. A cursory approach of the subject-matters reveals the following features: as far as privately-owned channels are concerned, the purpose of docudrama is to attract a large audience and to compete with public service channels over the fulfilling of the public service remits. State-owned channels on the contrary aim at helping society at large come to terms with its evolutions whether past or future. The present paper tries to find out how far the use of the genre testifies to the way media and politicians tackle highly sensitive issues, whether historic or political.
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Fournier Georges. The Fictional Treatment of Sensitive Issues on French TV Channels. NECS - Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media Screen Media, Jun 2012, Londres, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-00937875⟩



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