This article presents the main results of a comparative research study on science in prime time European television news, in the five largest markets: Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. Firstly, it focuses on the number of items and time allocated to news about science and technology, health and environment, in the main news broadcasts of the leading public and the leading commercial channel, in each country. According to polls, citizens are deeply interested in science.However, the results of our study confirm that science and technology and environment are relatively marginal topics to the news agenda. On the contrary, health is a relevant topic. Date on airtime and length confirm the status of each topic. The most frequent journalistic values mentioned are public relevance and timeliness, whereas the least frequent are visual interest and proximity. As far as the agenda of topics covered, there is little coincidence among countries.

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Science newsin European television.A study of quantity, airtime, agenda and journalistic values

Bienvenido León   University of Navarra, Spain

This article presents the main results of a comparative research study on science in prime time European television news, in the five largest markets: Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain. Firstly, it focuses on the number of items and time allocated to news about science and technology, health and environment, in the main news broadcasts of the leading public and the leading commercial channel, in each country. According to polls, citizens are deeply interested in science.However, the results of our study confirm that science and technology and environment are relatively marginal topics to the news agenda. On the contrary, health is a relevant topic. Date on airtime and length confirm the status of each topic. The most frequent journalistic values mentioned are public relevance and timeliness, whereas the least frequent are visual interest and proximity. As far as the agenda of topics covered, there is little coincidence among countries.

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