Current affairs (news format)

Current affairs is a genre of broadcast journalism.

This differs from regular news broadcasts that place emphasis on news reports presented for simple presentation as soon as possible, often with a minimum of analysis. It is also different from the news magazine show format, in that the events are discussed immediately.

The UK's Office programmes such as This World, Panorama, Real Story, BBC Scotland Investigates, Spotlight, Week In Week Out, and Inside Out also fit the definition.[1]

In Canada, CBC Radio produces a number of current affairs show both nationally such as The Current and As it Happens as well as regionally with morning current affairs shows such as Information Morning, a focus the radio network developed in the 1970s as a way to recapture audience from television.[2]

Additionally, newspapers such as the Private Eye, the Economist, Monocle, the Spectator, the Week, the Oldie, the Investors Chronicle, Prospect, MoneyWeek,[3] the New Statesman, TIME, Fortune, the BBC History Magazine, and History Today are all sometimes referred to as current affairs magazines.[4]

In July 2020, Tucker Carlson Tonight broke the record for highest-rated program in U.S. cable news history, garnering an average nightly audience of 4.33 million viewers.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Plans to increase prominence and appeal of current affairs programming, a BBC press release
  2. ^ Morris Wolfe, Fifty Years of Radio, CBC Enterprises (1986), p. 36
  3. ^ Turvill, William. "Current affairs magazine ABCs: Private Eye claims highest circulation since 1986 with 4.6 per cent boost".
  4. ^ Turvill, William (11 February 2016). "Current affairs magazine ABCs, 2015: Spectator, New Statesman, Private Eye and Economist all grow in election year". Press Gazette. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  5. ^ Concha, Joe (July 1, 2020). "Trump Dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' Ratings As Tucker Carlson Sets Record". The Hill. Retrieved July 3, 2020.