Television documentary

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Documentary television is a genre of television programming that broadcasts documentaries.

History of television documentary[edit]

Televised documentary finds its roots in film, photojournalism, and radio.

Walter Goodman (1927-2002) was a television critic for the New York Times. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

Intelligently covering TV, Goodman always delves beneath the surface with originality and wisdom. He analyzes what's on, who produces it, and who watches it. But he mixes heavy prose with a wit so dry it often fails to amuse, and his cerebral style weighs down, his complex, cynical pronouncements about what's wrong with the world....Goodman reliably reviews documentaries and other challenging TV fare, providing a valuable resource to intelligent viewers.[1]

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  1. ^ Terry Eastland, ed. Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994: A Critical Review of the Media (1994) p 75