Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 201

Full Length Research Paper

Framing of climate change issues in Indian television news channels

G. C. Prem Nivas
  • G. C. Prem Nivas
  • CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India.
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C. Arul
  • C. Arul
  • CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India.
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A. Aram
  • A. Aram
  • CEG Campus, Anna University, Chennai, India.
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  •  Received: 20 October 2015
  •  Accepted: 21 June 2016
  •  Published: 31 July 2016

Abstract

Climate change affects the lives and livelihood of people. Unless and until people understand the climate science, they will not be able to cope with the extreme events that are likely to occur. The media plays a major role in disseminating scientific information on climate change, and the general public becomes aware of it through the media. This research is an analysis of a six years of coverage of climate change issues in two Indian national television news channels, Cable News Network-Indian Broadcasting Network(CNN-IBN) and New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV24X7). The results of the analysis reveal that policy makers and NGOs were strongly associated with the ‘judgment’ frame; while the news bureaus and scientists were strongly associated with the ‘problem’ frame. TV channels could adopt the model of NDTV24X7 in collaborating with an institution working on climate change to offer quality coverage.

Key words: Climate change, global warming, news framing, television, news channels.