Factual Programme Production
Factual programming takes up a large percentage of terrestrial and digital airtime in the United Kingdom. It could easily be considered the largest of the genres, and it has many sub-genres that make up for a popular airtime filler.
One of the most influential sub-genres in factual programming would be considered to be the News, which captures a large and varied target audience and holds all ‘mealtime’ slots for each day. The news programmes have always been a very important part of the British society, and a lot of people take the information presented on these programmes as absolute fact. This is largely due to the way these programmes present themselves. The news readers are always dressed in a well presented way (the traditional English suit and tie), which gives the audience a sense of the presenter being a representative of truth and accuracy. This is a very subtle technique to persuade the audience that the facts presented to them are being relayed in an appropriate manner. The truth behind this is the fact that to obtain these stories you require journalists. Journalists are, by there very own nature, politically judgemental, and when they go out to obtain a story they go with there own views of the world. This means the story we end up watching is merely a representation of what a journalist has chosen to put forward.
There are various elements that make up a news programme. Each element works with the other to bring everything into a structure; giving a sense of order, further confirming the representation of accuracy to the audience.
There is always a jingle at the start of news programmes which gives them their individuality from each other. They are usually very dominating in mood, and orchestras seem to be the most popular used music medium. News jingles are often memorable and I can personally say that the ITV News at Ten jingle has always stuck in my head. This may seem a l...