There is hardly any consensus regarding the best broadcasting movies but who’s better to ask than the owner of a television station? That’s exactly what we did! David Kezerashvili is the owner of Formula TV, one of the newest and most influential private TV stations in Eastern Europe. In this article, he lends credence to some of the top highly rated movies with a broadcasting theme.
The broadcast media and the movie industry form a part of what is known as the mass media. The two industries play unique roles in society as they can be deployed as channels of disseminating information and propagating cultural norms and philosophies. Television stations are the major channels through which movies are broadcasted to the public and television advertising is stil effective when it comes to the release of new movies. Interestingly, movie screenings can create an avenue to endear fans with TV stations as the movies can create an avenue for relaxation for the viewers. Hence, movie-themed programs like soap operas, telenovelas, TV series, etc have become a regular stale for modern TV stations. It is not uncommon to find TV stations that combine movies with the regular broadcast of news and other programs. It is oftentimes uncommon to find movies whose central theme revolves around journalism and broadcasting; two industries that share strong ties with the movie industry.
1. Broadcast News
This is a romantic comedy movie that details the travails of Jane Craig, a young television producer who is caught up in a love triangle and thus has to choose between dating an anchorman or a fellow journalist like her. The movie is a departure from the common theme of women being subjected to intimidation and harassment from their male colleagues. In the case of Jane Craig, she’s the one calling the shots. She could make her choice between her two admirers. The prospect of workplace romance is a natural phenomenon and it’s such a great deal that a movie chronicles it as it relates to the journalism profession.
2. Private Part
This is a movie that paid homage to the popular radio host Howard Stern. Although the movie may be regarded as fictional, based on the personality of the character the movie depicts, you can expect a lot of raunchy scenes. Essentially, it is the story of a nerdy young man who fell in love with the radio. The movie was released in 1997 and can be classified as a comedy/drama. The autobiographical movie shows that with passion and dedication, one can make a success out of life.
3. The China syndrome
This tells the story of a broadcaster who decided to public attention and then became subject to a conspiracy attack by personalities who wanted to keep the incident a secret. It became imperative for the broadcaster to report the issue as the consequences of the meltdown polluting the public water supply or even the environment could be deadly. The movie reflects the power of the media in influencing the awareness of people over issues happening around them. In a way, journalism is a pro-social profession based on its contributions to society. The world could be significantly better if journalism is practiced ethically and issues are reported to the public.
4. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Just as the name implies, this movie is about a prominent anchor named Ron Burgundy who worked as an anchorman for a San Diego based TV station where he enjoyed success in a male-driven industry but then faces a challenge when Veronica Corningstone, a female reporter whom he enjoyed a fling filled in for him on a show and received high ratings. Eventually, Veronica was promoted as co-anchor for the show and the relationship between the two became testy although they managed to maintain cordiality while on air.
5. Good Morning, Vietnam
This is a war/comedy movie that is centered on the experiences of Adrian, a DJ who traveled to Vietnam to work for the Armed Forces Radio Service. His humorous approach fetched his popularity amongst the troops but this was not pleasing to his superiors. This movie further shows that even in the broadcasting profession, freedom of expression may be a luxury as broadcasters may be forced to tone down their opinions under certain circumstances.
If you are interested in a career in broadcasting, you might avail yourself of some broadcasting movies from the list above or you may research some of the recent ones. However, whether you are interested in dabbling into the industry or not, broadcast movies can create a level of entertainment for you that you may not readily find elsewhere.