The Work Of Shaun Jacques

‘The Role Of Studio-Based Programming In The 21st Century’

That’s it folks…The Green group finished recording the one and only gents show, expect to see a few behind the scenes and making of posts either today or tomorrow but now i’d like to talk about why we recorded the show in the first place.

It’d be far to easy to answer that question with “…because we were told to” but we were obviously told to because studio based shows still have a huge role to play in the modern age despite the fact they are no longer essential for filming as they were 20 years ago. Shows such as Match of the Day, Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, The One Show and This Morning can still get huge audiences by going out live or in most cases as live. As well as the shows previously mentioned The recent political debates commanded in £8m+ viewers.

‘The Leaders Debate’ setup

“Why are Studio’s used to make programmes when tape is cheap and easily available

I believe that one reason why studios are used to make TV shows are for shows that just have to go out live, obviously the news has to appear in a studio like environment, but as well as that shows like Britain’s got talent would lose a lot from being recorded outside of a studio based film style as the audience participation would be out of the window and also they could find out spoilers from the recording if it did not go out live. as for recorded studio based shows, I believe these are still used as the location of the shoot can act as a comfortable place for the viewer day-after-day or week-after-week, eg: it wouldn’t be good if the Friday Night Project’s set kept changing as a lot of the show works because of it’s presenters and how the stage is set, it would be near impossible to do that in any other style. I believe the recent revival of studio based programming is down simply to the internet, I believe that the freedom and influence (even if self-deluded) that the internet can provide has required that the audience has a say in how there shows end up, almost certinanly gone are the days where only a panel of judges have a say in a talent show without any form of public vote. The audience likes to participate in their shows again hence why a lot of shows have websites, forums, twitters and facebook’s to ‘support’ their audiences opinions and thoughts. I think that as audience participation and individual worth in the media becomes more and more valuable these type of shows will only keep going and spawn a variety of similar spin offs, similar to the rise of ‘Reality TV’ shows such as ‘Big Brother’ in the early noughties.

“What are magazine programmes and Why do audiences like them?”

Magazine shows are just what you’d expect a televisual equivalent to a paper magazine, some are specialist in their audiences such as ‘Top Gear and ‘Match Of The Day 2’ while others are far more general such as ‘the one show’ and ‘This Morning’ but why do audiences like them? In my opinion it is the fact that the majority of them aren’t too challenging or threatening. many go out during either day time TV or just when people would be returning home from work, the viewer would most likely either be in the middle of work (if working at home) or just home from work and would not like to be stressed with further problems than the one’s they are just in the middle of, this is why these sort of easy to digest shows work because you know what to expect and nothing is going to threaten how you think of the rest of the day on say ‘this morning’

“What are the limitations of  magazine shows and How can they be improved to ensure that they continue?”

There are many drawbacks and limitations holding back studio based shows these include the costs of running these shows as they require a lot of people (our show involved 17 people + Guests and even then it felt that we were short staffed) as well as that they are difficult to manage for a director especially if they go out live, problems could range from sound problems with mics or if going out in the day issues such as out of control guests and swearing.

The above example is taken from breakfast show GMTV and was broadcast live, now while this was going on the director had nothing else to cut to, if he cut the band off he’d of had two very red faced presenters with no idea how to carry on and probably an even bigger embarrassment than what he had at the time, this shows the problems with live television and also live magazine shows, especially when you get guests that don’t want to be there or are causing a nuisance

^^another example of disruption in a live magazine entertainment show.

Other problems of magazine shows are to just keep them entertaining without going into too much depth (unless you are a specialist show like Soccer AM or Top Gear) it must be hard to strike a balance between entertaining the viewer without challenging them and just plain insulting their intelligence. As mentioned previously i reckon one way to guarantee magazine show’s continued continuation is through audience participation, the audience whether they like to admit it or not want to have their opinion on a show noted as they feel as continued viewers that they are a part of something, on magazine shows this used to be just a little competition plug or perhaps a quick question now and again but now adays many magazine shows have huge forums devoted to just one show with many different topic areas covered in just a single day if enough people are on board, it must fuel some ideas for more shows as well as allow the presenters to ‘read out’ thoughts of those participating online. as social media and the traditional media combine, this will continue to evolve, in an age where you can now buy your Television with facebook and skype installed so you can talk about the shows as you watch them to millions of people around the world, it can only continue to influence the audience control in a program and that favors studio based magazine shows as they can interact a lot better with their audiences than a taped broadcast can.

“Consider other types of distribution for magazine based shows”

Other types of distribution could be the world wide web, for example UVTV do a weekley podcast highlighting the best in underground punk and metal music, these usually last an hour it’s not impossible to assume that there are some magazine show podcast available on the internet, another one which for the moment at least may be more financially viable is DVD releases, as a child I used to collect a manchester united football based magazine VHS which was updated bi-monthly, this is something that has also been done with video games and cars but it is usually accompanied with a paper magazine.

However beyond these two mediums i don’t see how a visual magazine show could be distributed apart from via television.

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