"You don’t have to come from London to be able to do network shows": The discourse of talent in the television industry
LG3, 10 Priory Rd
Dr Noonan will be discussing, '"You don’t have to come from London to be able to do network shows": The discourse of talent in the television industry'
Date: 14th February 2018
Venue: LG3, 10 Priory Road
Over the last two decades the policies and practices related to cultural labour have been underpinned by a number of principles including individualisation, meritocracy and mobility. These ideals have been enshrined in the structural conditions of the television sector, for instance in the application of the term talent to distinguish forms of labour (i.e. ‘the talent’) and particular skills. However, decision-makers and policy often apply the term talent apolitically and thereby disguise the precarious routes to a senior career in television, the inequalities the term may mask or enable, and ignore how training and skills development work in parallel with the idea of an innate meritocracy. Using empirical research on the television sector in Wales and existing literature (Banks 2010, 2017; Banks and Hesmondhalgh 2009; Champion 2015) this presentation considers the use and politics of the term ‘talent’ in the television industry.