Despite the growing number of publications on television formats, specific theorisations regarding formats and format adaptation, in particular, are still rare. In this article, I introduce a synthesizing approach for studying format appropriation. Drawing on format study, media industry research and structuration theory, I suggest that television formats should be understood and studied as a process of cultural negotiation in which global influences and local elements amalgamate on various levels of television culture (i.e., production, text, and reception); every level includes several sites of symbolic or actual negotiation. These sites emerge in the duality of structure and human agency.

television format, methodology, format adaptation, media industry research, structuration theory
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/2213-0969.2016.jethc103
VIEW Journal
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 5, No 9 (2016); 60-71

Keinonen, Heidi. (2016). Television Format as Cultural Negotiation: Studying Format Appropriation through a Synthesizing Approach. VIEW Journal, 5(9), 60–71. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2016.jethc103