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Migration, youth, and Australian television: production, policy, and audiences


Harvey, K, Migration, youth, and Australian television: production, policy, and audiences, Children, Youth, and International Television, Routledge, D Olson and A Schober (ed), London, UK, pp. 11-31. ISBN 9781032150734 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781003243274


This chapter examines how Australian television programs for children and young people reflected the arrival of large numbers of non-English-speaking migrants in the post-war decades. Children and teenagers of migrant backgrounds often developed a more complex relationship with Australian life and culture than their parents, and their media consumption reflected this complexity. These experiences reflect the broader complexities in Australian television policy as it attempted to cater to Australia’s diverse migrant population, and especially as television productions struggled to appeal to youth of varying backgrounds and language abilities. Like adult programming, early children’s shows such as Skippy and the long-running Play School made limited efforts to reflect a culturally diverse viewership. From the 1980s, landmark programs led by migrant writers and producers, such as Five Times Dizzy and Adventures on Kythera, engaged more comprehensively with a culturally diverse youth. These histories of changing standards, production, policy, and viewership reveal a rich interplay between the social and cultural evolution of diversity and the changing notion of ‘Australianness’ in television.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:television, migration, audiences, representation, media industry
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Harvey, K (Dr Kyle Harvey)
ID Code:149569
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2022-04-04
Last Modified:2022-04-04

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