This paper outlines some of the issues raised by globalization of television, with specific reference to questions of national identity. In particular, it will explore questions and debates about cultural inequalities as they are revealed by such an investigation. For these purposes, television may be considered global in respect of:
• the various configurations of public and commercial television that are regulated, funded, and viewed within the boundaries of nation-states and/or language communities;
• television which in its technology, ownership, program distribution, and audiences operates across the boundaries of nation-states and language communities;
• television that circulates similar narrative forms and discourses around the world.