Live Talk?

Is language on TV rather spoken or written?
Is it planned or unplanned?

Requirements on Broadcasters:

The broadcaster is required to have a good or 'polished' voice and is advised to "articulate,enunicate, breathe from the diaphragm, sound authorative, stay calm under fire and, all the while, be conversational." (Freedman, 1990)

Received Pronounciation (RP):

Accent in Britain, which is not located regionally.

  • used by those who come from the middle and upper middle social classes, and especially from 'educated' social backgrounds

  • it carries with it social prestige and some authority

On-the-air converstionality... different from every-day talk in significant ways.
It aims at avoiding what is natural in face-to-face conversation:

  • false starts or pauses
  • repetitions
  • hesitations
  • silence

Knowing this, are these news really presented in the normal manner of planned discourse in rather written language?

Talk on TV

Talk on TV is the exchange or conversation between presenters and other participants.

The two main forms of television talk are:

  • dialogues, monologues and narrative voice-overs

  • scripted or spontaneous talk

It may occur in the form of a direct address to the viewer, a commentary, a voice-over or a conversation.

So called 'live' TV shows are a combination of live and pre-recorded features. 80% of the converstaions at Letterman for examle were worked out in advance. So what do you think about this?