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The Quiz Show$
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Su Holmes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627523

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627523.001.0001

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Quiz Show Histories

Quiz Show Histories

Chapter:
(p.32) 2 Quiz Show Histories
Source:
The Quiz Show
Author(s):

Su Holmes

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627523.003.0003

This chapter explores the broadcast roots of the quiz show in the British and American contexts, while considering how the development of the genre was shaped by the differing national systems of broadcasting (radio). This includes examining how public service (BBC) and commercial broadcasting systems approached the regulation and the development of the genre (such as the regulation of prizes). This also involves exploring the cultural anxieties which circulated around this type of programming, both institutionally and culturally. With regard to the British context, the chapter considers how the advent of commercial television (ITV) impacted on the genre, and how the American ‘quiz show’ scandals shaped its future development.

Keywords:   Quiz, Game, BBC broadcasting, ITV1950's television, American broadcasting, Quiz show ‘scandals’Prizes, Broadcasting regulation

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