The power of the world’s media is a force that affects all our lives. Every minute of every day 365 days a year the world’s media is broadcasting on radio and television in some shape or form. Naturally what the world’s media broadcast and print isn’t always well received. Just think of the number of injunctions, libel cases and people claiming an invasion of privacy that hit the headlines. In this chapter, we’ll look at the way women shape the media, their influence and those who are responsible for shaping both our perception of world events and entertaining and educating us. We’ll also look at women’s portrayal within the media and in areas like the news, which was once pretty much a no-go zone for women.
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- Yvonne Ridley — http://media.guardian.co.Uk/attack/story/0,1301,566065,00.html.
- Reference to Buthaina al-Nasr — details from BBC News 12th January 2004 — http://news.bbc.co.Uk/l/hi/world/middle_east/3389923.stm.
- Background on Barbara Walters — http://www.goodmanspeakersbureau.com/biographies/walters_barbara.htm.
- Biographical material on BBC Executives — Lorraine Heggessey, Alison Sharman and Jana Bennett from http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies.