Switching Channels

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Media critics invariably disparage the quality of programming produced by the U.S. television industry. But why the industry produces what it does is a question largely unasked. It is this question, at the crux of American popular culture, that Switching Channels explores.
 

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Contents

The Market for Broadcast Network Programming
19
Syndication
49
The Public Broadcasting System
74
The Squeeze on Broadcasters Rents
99
Cable Networks and Upgraded Cable Programming
127
Broadcast Networks Stations and Rents
155
Program Supply Integration and the FinSyn Rules
183
Broadcast Stations Lengthening the Chains
212
Cable Networks and Cable Operators Ownership Links and Carriage Decisions
227
Epilogue
243
Determinants of Affiliates Compensation
259
Gains for Chains in Radio
273
Notes
283
Selected References
345
Index
353
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Richard E. Caves is Nathaniel Ropes Research Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University.

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