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Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:08:31 AM

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Why isn't "the" used here "radio" not "the radio"?

"The interview was broadcast on radio and television."
ARMECH
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:28:05 AM
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The - isn't needed for either radio or television as they refers to the media at large and not any particular entity.
Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:32:56 AM

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ARMECH wrote:
The - isn't needed for either radio or television as they refers to the media at large and not any particular entity.


Is "medium" different from "media", please?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 6:53:59 AM

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Hi!
"Medium" is the singular. "Media" is the plural.

A medium of communication is the way it travels.
Speech is a medium.
Books, newspapers, TV, radio and www are other media.

"The Media" often means "the news services" in general.

media n
1. a plural of 'medium'
2. (Communications & Information) the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio

Collins English Dictionary
Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:29:24 AM

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Thanks a lot Drago!!!!
Sorry Drago can you please explain "radio" as a medium and also as a media, please?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:11:32 AM

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Hi again.
There are two very similar related ideas.

A medium (countable noun) is "an intervening agency, means, or instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished: Words are a medium of expression.".
Radio is a medium for entertainment, education and news.
TV is a medium for entertainment and news mainly.
Newspapers (as a general item) are a medium for news.
Wires are the medium through which electricity is transmitted.


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The plural of "medium" is "media".
So TV, radio and newspapers are media.

There is no such thing as "a media".

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The media (mass noun - always plural) is "the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio".
It is almost "the news media" - the whole set of ways that news is delivered to everyone - or "mass media" - the whole set of ways that entertainment is broadcast - or both together.

"The media nowadays includes the internet."
"Don't listen to what the media say about the Prime Minister."
"The media lie about everything."

Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:40:40 AM

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Thanks a lot Drago, I think I understand.
So "media" is like plural of "medium".
Do you agree that when we use "radio" as media, "the" isn't needed, please?
The interview was broadcast on radio and television.
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