Definition of infotainment in English:



  • Broadcast material that is intended both to entertain and to inform.

    • ‘Maybe they realized they were ignorant of the world they live in, partly because television networks have been steadily replacing international news coverage with infotainment and reality shows.’
    • ‘In consequence, elements of infotainment have entered news programming and viewers demand a faster pace and fewer ‘talking heads'.’
    • ‘We've all complained about creeping infotainment, media concentration, the lack of serious investigative TV, the tabloid nature of the magazine shows and on and on.’
    • ‘With society becoming increasingly depoliticised and infotainment consuming a greater slice of the news cake, even our desire for the truth is debatable.’
    • ‘Digitised content is all about infotainment - films, television, and media more generally.’
    • ‘In TV, we've seen the growth of infotainment formats blending entertainment and informational aspects of media consumption.’
    • ‘With the rise of the mass media, the very processes of cultural activity and conversation has been turned into commodity: current affairs, elite sport, soap operas, infotainment.’
    • ‘These films would provide good quality Hollywood entertainment and infotainment.’
    • ‘New lows may have been plumbed in infotainment or entertainment but they constituted commercial highs.’
    • ‘As you said, let's not idealize the history of American journalism, but there was a time, as some listeners pointed out, when news wasn't infotainment.’
    • ‘They renewed my hope that our profession has not sunk completely into a morass of infotainment journalism that serves to prop up corporate ownership and pop culture.’
    • ‘When Americans begin to think of us as profit-making centers and vehicles for infotainment, they're not receptive to arguments about protecting free press.’
    • ‘Information and documentation, in the hand of corporate interests in TV-land, have become practices of the past, easily replaced by infotainment and broadcast excuses for advertising spots.’
    • ‘It is, after all, the Internet - a heady mixture of commerce, education, infotainment, tricksters, agendas, games and entertainment.’
    • ‘A plethora of entertainment, infotainment, sports and news channels have gone on air in this period.’
    • ‘When pornography is commercialized as infotainment, it is bought and sold in the entertainment market on the Internet, proprietarily commoditized for its consumers.’
    • ‘Located in the wine and beer section, for example, the screens might provide infotainment about things like grape types, the latest harvest, and wine specials on sale in the store.’
    • ‘This has resulted in the commercial news media offering more and more infotainment, with the aim of attracting and keeping an audience.’
    • ‘Call it infotainment, edutainment or entertainment, everything is available at the venue.’
    • ‘We can't escape the ever-increasing waves of advertising, infotainment, fluff and mayhem that hit us at every turn.’


1980s (originally US): blend of information and entertainment.