Jazz and Television in Portugal during the New State regime

Wednesday 12 November 2014, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Pedro Cravinho

Television in Portugal emerged due to a State initiative and intervention, which in the case of Portugal took place under a ‘right-wing’ dictatorial regime called the Estado Novo (New State). According to Cádima and Carvalho, television was used to promote unity and conformity of the population with the dominant ideology and the model of cultural policies of the New State regime (Cádima, 1999; Carvalho, 2009). However, despite the persistent efforts of Salazar to keep Portugal and the Portuguese ‘alone and proud’, the values defended by the regime were met with resistance and alternatives, through outside influences. 

The objective of this research is to understand the scope and potential of this new technology – television – in the introduction and dissemination of jazz music in the daily lives of those watching Portuguese television. Which television programmes devoted exclusively to jazz music were featured on the broadcasting schedule? When were they broadcast? Who were the principal contributors? Were these programmes censored? Thus, addressing this area which remains uncharted territory in Portuguese research, this project aims to contribute towards a reflection on television as a means of disseminating music and jazz in particular, as a polysemic universe whilst compromised by communication policies associated with television.

Location: I/D003