Public Affairs Television and Third Party Roles: The Nightline Debates in South Africa (1985) and Israel (1988)

Johannes Botes
2003 Peace and Conflict Studies  
This paper examines the strategies, tactics and tasks of a media moderator during television debates regarding deep-rooted conflicts, as well as the overall intended and unintended roles and effects of these broadcasts. Two case studies—the Nightline (ABC-TV) broadcasts from South Africa (1985) and Israel (1988)—are examined by comparing the actions of a public affairs television moderator to conventional third party intervenors, as defined in conflict resolution literature. In the process the
more » ... aper presents research regarding the manifest tactics and latent roles demonstrated by a television moderator and the manner in which these activities can be compared to the tasks of conventional third parties such as mediators. The paper finally also reflects on how television debates can become problem-solving dialogues that assist in transforming deep-rooted conflicts.
doi:10.46743/1082-7307/2003.1036 fatcat:cggzjlihpjbpnod5ja5ehaik44