October 03, 2006

Expert on TV industry to speak at SIUC

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An expert on the television industry will speak at Southern Illinois University Carbondale this week.

Eileen R. Meehan, a professor at Louisiana State University, will give a presentation titled "Television: Markets, Money and Meaning" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in room 1032 in the Communications Building. The SIUC Global Media Research Center is sponsoring the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

Meehan holds the Lemuel Heidel Brown Chair in Media and Political Economy at the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. She is the author of "Why TV is Not Our Fault" and was co-editor of "Sex and Money: Feminism and Political Economy in Media Studies," among others.

Meehan's presentation will focus on the television industry in terms of commodities, corporate synergy and globalized conglomerates.

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