From scheduling to trans-programming

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Based on findings from a production study, this article explores and discusses the impact of streaming on television scheduling. Especially within public service television companies, scheduling for traditional linear television is currently transforming into what this article terms trans-programming. This development makes the work of the schedulers more important as well as more difficult than ever. The article argues that this development is a result of the integration of linear channels and non-linear services within the companies’ portfolios, which is leading to a merger between linear and non-linear promotion and distribution strategies for the content. A trans-programme is being produced, and this is becoming the key competitive tool in the current transformation of the television industry. The focus on the trans-programme involve organisational changes, but in train with this it actualises new and familiar issues and dilemmas in the production culture involving commissioning. These issues call for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalMedia, Culture & Society
Pages (from-to)613-628
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • commissioning
  • digital
  • diversity
  • production studies
  • public service
  • scheduling
  • streaming
  • television


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