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...

...is 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?

http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=4w4s39ll6Ds

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?