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Maverick: A Dissident View of Broadcasting Today Hardcover – 10 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Mount Eagle Publications Ltd (10 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863222889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863222887
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,057,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...Trenchant and irreverent as ever, he offers unique insight into conflicts of power and ethics in public broadcasting. -- Michael Viney


This important, thought-provoking book offers a unique and challenging insight into broadcasting today. Its insider's view opens up debate about one of the most pervasive influences of modern society. Bob Quinn has been involved in broadcasting since he joined Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, in 1961; he walked out in 1969 and worked as an independent film maker thereafter. His spirited independence of mind has resulted in him being described as a "mavcrick", and when he was appointed to the RTE Authority in June 1995, film maker Louis Marcus sent him a postcard saying: "Congratulations. The lunatics have taken over the asylum." It is, of course, this very independence of mind which makes this book such a fascinating read, raising serious issues about where broadcasting is going and what it is doing to its viewers. During the last decade Bob Quinn sought a ban on advertising directed at children, and he writes with passion and understanding about the psychological and economic imperatives that ruthlessly target children as consumers. He also shows how the advertisers' targeting of women has come to dominate much programming.

He is revealing about the way in which broadcasting is dominated by a small metropolitan circle, and he describes how unwilling broadcasters have been to resist political censorship.

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