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Talk Show Analysis Monthly Report : August 2014


A total of 83 Episodes of 8 TV Talk Shows on 5 Television Channels were monitored for approximately 4 Weeks from August 1st , 2014 to August 31st, 2014. Our Quantitative Analysis was to explore the hypothesis, “Do all stakeholders, especially representatives of all political parties, get equal or due chance to express their views in the talk shows?” using the framework “who (host and participants) said what (topics) in how much time and how (characteristics of host)”?

Among the topics discussed on Talk shows, Politics dominates (71%) followed by Law (15%). Other subjects such as Economy (2%), Governance (4%) and Security (3%) got low share. Within politics, the major share is of discussion revolved around Azadi March and Inqilab March and the consequent sit-in in Islamabad (37%) followed by Imran Khan/PTI agenda (19%) and Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri’s demands for PM resignation (10%). Among law- related issues, the most common discussion was on electoral reforms covering 65% of total followed by FIR Model Town Incident (13%).