Albert Bonnier Jr Guest Professor
Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, Stockholm University

Milly Buonanno

Milly Buonanno is Professor of Television Studies at La Sapienza University of Roma, and Director of the Observatory of Italian TV Drama. She is also Member of the Group of Experts of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the Universities and Research. Her main fields of interest and research are media theory, television story-telling, women and media, journalism and journalists.

She is the author or the editor of more than twenty books, including Italian TV drama and beyond, Stories from the soil, stories from the sea (Intellect, 2012; forthcoming French edition, L’Harmattan 2013 ); The age of television (Intellect, 2008); Visibilità senza potere/Visibility without power: women journalists in Italy (Liguori, 2005); Convergences (Liguori, 2002); El Drama Televisivo (Gedisa, 1999).

Public Lecture


The vanishing centrality, the obsolescence of broadcast television following the proliferation of the narrowcast channels and the spread of new digital media has turned into a key issue within contemporary media studies, thus making ‘the end of television’ (with or without question mark) a familiar trope in scholarly discourses and opening the way to a redefinition of the present-day television phase in terms of post-broadcast or post-network era (Amanda Lodtz). Is broadcast television really dying? (Elihu Katz and Paddy Scannell). And should it be the case, what is gained and what is lost from its demise? Besides recognizing that there are plenty of places in the world where ‘the broadcast era is still in full swing’ (Graeme Turner), the discursive formation of ‘the passing of televisione as we knew it’ may offer media scholarship the opportunity to assume the viewpoint of the end – as suggested by Frank Kermode for literary fiction – as the privileged perspective from which the broadcast era can be looked at anew, eventually acknowledging the reasons why it is liable to be praised rather than buried.



There have been women reporters on the front lines since the American Civil War and their number has increased in subsequent conflicts in the twentieth century. This phenomenon, fostered by the escalating feminisation of newsroom personnel in many countries, has gained momentum during the first Gulf War, so that the visibility of women war correspondents on national and international television channels is now taken for granted. My talk deals with the controversial question of whether women journalists (or at least some of them), once they have been admitted to the male preserve of foreign correspondents and furthermore to the most masculine of action systems such as war, are willing and able to create their own gender-based agenda and express their own point of view. Whether or not female journalists ‘speak in a different voice’ from their male counterparts is admittedly not a new topic, but war – since it constitutes a ‘new environment’ largely or totally different from the ordinary work conditions for journalists – allows for the emergence of gendered differences which would elsewhere be unexpressed, repressed and unobserved, and hence offers a special opportunity to engage in a refreshing discussion on an issue very much worth investigating.