When a Factual about Borders Crosses the Borders: Italian Distribution, Mediation and Reception of Airport Security/Border Security

Luca Antoniazzi, Luca Barra


This paper reconstructs the Italian circulation of Border Security, or rather of the numerous TV shows of different origins (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Spain) that Airport Security joins together for the Italian audience. Firstly, we analyze in detail the decision-making and the distribution processes of the linear channels operated by Discovery Networks that broadcast the series. The paper considers ideas and goals of the professionals involved, the thoughts that led to specific choices of acquisition, adaptation, packaging, scheduling and promotion. This first part of the paper is mostly based on evidence obtained through in-depth interviews with some key industry informants. The second part of the paper engages with critical, scientific and journalistic debates, to provide an account of the reception of the program among specialized audiences. The paper looks both at international and Italian published materials and highlights differences and similarities in relation to crucial themes in contemporary sociopolitical debates, such as migration and stereotypes of minority groups.


television; factual; national mediation; distribution; circulation; adaptation; Border Security

DOI: 10.6092/issn.2280-9481/10605


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