GATEKEEPERS IN LIVE COVERAGE OF TELEVISION NEWS IN MUSLIM ASIA: AN EVIDENCE FROM PAKISTAN

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*Muhammad Farooq Haider **Noshina Saleem

Abstract

Current study was aimed at investigating gatekeeping role of the media personnel while providing live coverage of television news. Pakistan being a major Muslim country in Muslim Asia was taken as a case. The bureau chiefs, news editors, news producers, cameramen and reporters of live television news coverage were taken as the major gatekeepers. In live television news coverage, it is perceived that cameraman and reporter are main gatekeepers who have to show more responsibility while providing live coverage of television news. 25 channels based in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar and licensed by PEMRRA were selected. Multistage sampling technique was used and responses of 207 media personnel were obtained. The results revealed that reporter and cameraman had the most control on gatekeeping aspects as compared to bureau chief, news editor and news producer. This study provides opportunity for future research in journalism of Muslim countries by various Islamic perspectives.

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