Implications of the transnationalisation of television are often studied by focusing on the localisation of the content of formatted programmes. Although television is essentially an audio-visual medium, little attention has been paid to the aesthetic aspects of television texts in relation to transnationalisation and formatting. Transnationalisation of production practices, such as through formatting, implies a transnational aesthetic. At the same time, aspects of style are specific to place, culture or audience. In this article, the localisation of stylistic programme elements is explored using a comparison of two reality format adaptations. It is argued that style plays an important role in the expression of the local in a transnational industry.

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van Keulen, Jolien. (2016). Aesthetic Proximity: The Role of Stylistic Programme Elements in Format Localisation. VIEW Journal, 5(9), 93–104. doi:10.18146/2213-0969.2016.jethc105