Countdown and cult music television programmes: an Australian case study

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‘Countdown and cult music television programmes: an Australian case study’
Liz Giuffre

Music television programmes, programmes that focus on music for their core content, have been produced all over the world for all types of markets. However there remains little sustained work on them beyond studies of key production periods, franchise waves or biography-like narratives. This article shows that theories of Cult TV can be applied to music television programmes to help explore this neglected form, as well as helping to expand Cult TV’s theoretical reach beyond its traditional fare of narrative driven, fiction series. This article offers 1970s and ‘80s Australian music television program Countdown as a prime example of Cult TV, first in the context of its initial production and consumption in 1970s and ‘80s Australia, and also in terms of its subsequent influence on contemporary audiences from a historical perspective. The Cult TV frame extends to the programme itself in its original incarnation, as well as additional recontextualisations in new music television programmes, and the continued work of its former host, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum…. [Full Article Here]


From: Issue 6 (Autumn/Winter 2013)



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