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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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