Soviet and American News: Week of Intensive Interaction

Journal Article

In 1940, there were only 400 television sets in the Soviet Union. By 1950, there were 10,000; a decade later, some 4.8 million. Then in the five years between 1965 and 1970, the availability of television sets more than doubled, and by 1976, Soviet industry was producing 7 million sets annually. In 1960, only 5 percent of the Soviet population could watch television, but by 1986 that figure had risen to 93 percent, and television signals could be received in more than 86 percent of the territory of the U.S.S.R. Nearly all the households that are unable to receive television are in sparsely settled rural areas, mainly Siberia.Although television is a relative newcomer to the Soviet media system, it has exerted an enormous effect on leisure time use. It has also reoriented patterns of information acquisition. Of the events in the world abroad covered by the Soviet media 86 percent are known to people through television, 77 percent through the newspaper, and 62 percent from radio.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mickiewicz, E; Haley, G

Published Date

  • 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 46 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 214 - 228

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2325-7784

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0037-6779

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/2498908


  • en