Global Television: Imperial Drama?

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Like Hollywood movies, American television is often criticized  as a force of “cultural imperialism”. There can be no doubt that American television shows enjoy massive global popularity, despite the emergence of popular non-US programs from other countries. Also British television dramas are popular worldwide, including in America. Like the movie business, however, the television industry is being transformed by globalization of markets.

The Economist asked the familiar question: “Do American television channels spread cultural imperialism?“. Also in the Economist and article on how the television industry has changed: Here, There and Everywhere: Television Is Spreading in New Directions. See also this article in the New York Times about how major U.S. media groups are buying foreign TV producers to find concepts and formats, “Trolling Overseas for Concepts to Mine“.

For specific examples of globally popular television programmes, see this BBC article in 2006: CSI the most popular television show in the world. In 2009, the most-watched television programme in the world was House and in 2012 it was CSI again, “The most watched TV show in the world is Crime Scene Investigation.” Finally, “10 TV shows that have gained a global audience“.

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