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Latin American Broadcasting

From Tango to Telenovela

By Elizabeth Fox

Publication date: 1997
Total pages: 152
ISBN: 1 86020 515 1
Price: £ 17.50


The introduction of radio and television was one of the most striking and significant developments of twentieth century Latin America. Within a generation, radio and television became ubiquitous across the continent, revolutionising the way people got information and news, formed images of their political leaders, spent their leisure time and consumed. The impact of broadcasting was enormous. So too were the struggles for its control.
Latin American Broadcasting: From Tango to Telenovela tells the story of the conflicts and compromises that accompanied the introduction and growth of radio and television in Latin America. Spanning a period from the early twentieth century to the present, this comparative-historical analysis first examines the role of foreign influence on Latin American broadcasting. It then tells the stories of how radio and television broadcasting developed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Each country chapter examines the complex interplay of strong and weak governments, authoritarianism and populism, domestic and foreign markets and largely excluded social forces that resulted in the formation of largely monopolistic, commercially and politically powerful broadcasting industries. The comparative analysis builds a framework for understanding patterns of domestic media policies.
Having spent more than 20 years working in the field of Latin American broadcasting, Elizabeth Fox is in a privileged position to produce a work of this scope. She has authored and co-authored six books in Spanish and English on the Latin American media.
Latin American Broadcasting: From Tango to Telenovela would be appropriate as a text for an undergraduate course on Latin American media, or history, and as a graduate course book on comparative communications and politics. It should appeal to journalists working in the field of broadcasting as well as policy makers and broadcasters.


Elizabeth Fox is an advisor to several international development agencies, and has taught in Latin American universities and research centres and lectured on the Latin American media in Europe and the United States.

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