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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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