Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong

Francis L. F. Lee

Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong

Francis L. F. Lee

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

288 pages | 9 b&w illus. and 17 tables | 6 x 9
Hardcover $58.00 ISBN: 9789888208579 Published July 2014 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
Phone-in programs on public and commercial radio channels have been a staple of popular Hong Kong politics since the 1990s. In the absence of a fully democratic system, they have played an influential role in channeling and mediating public opinion. This work examines the phenomenon of talk radio in Hong Kong, using as its analytical framework the idea of remediation. It argues that the circulation and re-circulation of talk radio content through the mainstream media is crucial in explaining the medium’s social prominence and influence. The process has not only widened the dissemination of talk radio content, but also established talk radio as a channel as well as a symbol for free political expression, giving it a role in shaping serious debate not seen in many other societies. Drawing on interviews with radio personnel, analysis of radio and newspaper content, and audience surveys, Talk Radio explores the vital and influential world of Hong Kong’s phone-in programs. The book will be of interest to scholars of politics, media studies, and cultural studies both in Hong Kong and overseas.
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