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A list of key readings about Television.
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  • Abramson, Albert. The History of Television, 1880–1941, vol 2, History of Television, 1942 to 2000 (McFarland, 1987, 2007), the standard history of studio technology, such as cameras
  • Barnett, Steven. Games and Sets: The Changing Face of Sport on Television (London: British Film Institute, 1990).
  • Barnouw, Erik. Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television (Oxford University Press, 1990). excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Bilby, Kenneth. The General: David Sarnoff and the Rise of the Communications Industry ((Harper & Row, 1986). founder of NBC
  • Blumenthal, Howard J., and Oliver R. Goodenough. This Business of Television (3rd ed. 2006), 592pp; excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Boddy, William. Fifties Television: The Industry and its Critics (University of Illinois Press, 1990). excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Bogart, Leo. The Age of Television: A Study of Viewing Habits and the Impact of Television on American Life (1956).
  • Briggs, Asa. The BBC: The First Fifty Years (Oxford University Press, 1985).
  • Brown, Les. Television: The Business behind the Box (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971).
  • Brown, Les. Encyclopedia of Television (3rd edn., Gale Research, 1992).
  • Browne, Donald R. Comparing Broadcast Systems: The Experiences of Six industrialized Nations (Iowa State University Press, 1989).
  • Burns, Robert W. British Television: The Formative Years (London: Peter Peregrinus Ltd., 1986).
  • Chandler, Joan M. Television and National Sport: The United States and Britain (University of Illinois Press, 1988).
  • Corner, John, ed. Popular Television in Britain: Studies in Cultural History (London: BFI, 1991).
  • Dizard, Wilson P. Television: A World View (Syracuse University Press, 1966).
  • Donovan, Robert J., and Raymond L. Scherer. Unsilent Revolution: Television News and American Public Life, 1948-1991 (2nd ed. 1992) excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Hilmes, Michele. The Television History Book (2004), 174pp UK and US
  • Lull, James. ed. World Families Watch Television (Sage, 1988).
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television (4th ed 1996), 1254pp; describes 5,400 series 1948 to 1995 excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • MacNeil, Robert. The People Machine: The Influence of Television on American Politics (1970).
  • Mattelart, Michele and Armand Mattelart. The Carnival of the Images: Brazilian Television Fiction (New York: Bergin & Garvey, 1990).
  • Mickelson, Sig. The Decade That Shaped Television News: CBS in the 1950s (1998) 264 pages ; author was the first president of CBS News; excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Moran, Albert. Images and Industry: Television Drama Production in Australia (Sydney: Currency Press, 1985).
  • Paulu, Burton. Radio and Television Broadcasting on the European Continent (University of Minnesota Press, 1967).
  • Pember, Don R. Mass Media in America (6th edn. New York: Macmillan, 1992).
  • Pember, Don R. Mass Media Law (2006)
  • Smith, Anthony R. Television: An International History. Oxford University Press. 1995. 424pp; essays by scholars online edition
  • Smith, Sally Bedell. In All his Glory: The Life of William S. Paley (Simon & Schuster, 1990), the founder of CBS
  • Spigel, Lynn. Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (U. of Chicago Press, 1994); excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Tulloch, John. Television Drama: Agency, Audience and Myth (Routledge, 1990).
  • Tulloch, John, and Graeme Turner. eds. Australian Television: Programs, Pleasures and Politics (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1989).
  • Wallace, Mike, Bill Buzenberg, and Susan Buzenberg, eds. Salant, CBS, and the Battle for the Soul of Broadcast Journalism: The Memoirs of Richard S. Salant (1999), 364pp; by the head of CBS news in 1960 and 1970s; excerpts and online search from Amazon.com
  • Wedell, George. ed. Making Broadcasting Useful: The Development of Radio and Television in Africa in the 1980s (Manchester University Press, 1986).