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Report for MIP-TV – Factual Frontrunners: Intro & Ratings

In these days of broadcaster proliferation, producers and distributors are eager to see what's new on the scene and how they can get in there. But even as the pool gets bigger (or smaller, depending on how you perceive merger-mania and...
April 1, 1998

In these days of broadcaster proliferation, producers and distributors are eager to see what’s new on the scene and how they can get in there. But even as the pool gets bigger (or smaller, depending on how you perceive merger-mania and output deals), there are regions, and services within, which are head and shoulders above others in terms of importance. RealScreen polled producers and distributors on which regions are crucial, and which broadcasters in these regions are most significant. The foremost broadcasters were then canvassed for their highest-rated factual programs, giving a slice of viewing trends in the regions they serve. Brendan Christie deciphers the results, looking at why some top shows performed as they did. Ratings were supplied by the broadcasters themselves, with varying degrees of disclosure

The All-Stars

10 most important international broadcasters (according to RealScreen poll respondents)

1.Discovery (U.S.)

2. Channel 4 (U.K.)

3. Canal + (France)

And in no particular order:

ABC (Australia)

ARD (Germany)

ARTE (France)

France 2 (France)

NHK (Japan)

RAI (Italy)

TVOntario (Canada)

Guide to Frontrunners:

-Discovery’s all-time top shows

-Channel 4′s current top shows

-TVOntario 1997 top shows

-Canal+ 1997 top show

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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