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News on television and in newspapers has an enormous influence on people's ideas and options. What is the function of news?

Currently,with the earthquake happening,I feel my life is inundated by the earthquake news which are sensational and impressive .Admittedly,we need to know the details about the earthquake and also I'm concerned with victims.However,I feel frustrated when I‘ watching news broadcast 24 hours a day.So I am suspicious what is the function of news,to make us sorrow or optimistic.

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    Apr 21 2013: I think television news puts forward the stories and images the producers believe viewers will find most interesting.
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      Apr 22 2013: But some times they produced what they believed we may interesting,isn't it?
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        Apr 22 2013: That is what I am saying. The station chooses which stories to present and how to present a story. I don't know who at the station is part of deciding which stories to present and for how long.
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          Apr 22 2013: I think it is controled by politicians or authorities
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        Apr 22 2013: Oh, this is different in different countries! I did not check to see where you live.

        You are right that in some countries the government might determine exactly what gets shown on TV and might even run the only station. In that case it is not, perhaps, so much trying to show people what would interest them most or to appeal to commercial sponsors!

        Where I live, television is a business with most of the revenue coming from advertisers who pay to have their commercials aired during programs. A spot of advertising time costs more if many people are predicted to be watching than if few are. So the television stations want as many viewers as possible.

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