New book on television in Spain in 1956-1990 has been published

book_cover.pngThe volume “TV with Two Channels. Programs in Spain 1956 – 1990” (“Una Television con Dos Cadenas. La Programacion en Espana (1956 – 1990)”), edited by Dr Julio Montero Diaz, has been published. The head of OFENT project, Dr Charo Lacalle, became the volume’s contributor with the article titled “Historic memory and democracy: fiction in the socialist period” (“Memoria historica y democratia: la ficcion en la perioda socialista”).

As the authors’ describe it, “it is expected that this volume would be a must for those who would like to explore the twentieth’s century history and culture of Spain. In this volume, the academic research of the TV programming and programs in Spain is approached in a systematic and complete way. The book is also structured around the central idea, which has not been studied much before: the content of broadcast, its’ presentation and the audience’s reception.

The importance of television is fundamental. The TV audience of the channels that had broadcast as a monopoly for the whole Spain, mixed the stories from their TV receivers with their own lifelines during all those years. And the great events of the great TV broadcasts served as a chronological anchor to many people: before or after Fabiola’s wedding; before or after the first European Cup of the Spanish National Team (of soccer, of course); before or after Franco’s death; before or after the private channels arrived” (Diaz et al: 2018, p. 1).

The full table of contents of the book can be found here.