If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television.

Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet.

What is the equivalent of "televised" for the more generic term of media?

The best I can think of is "an event has been media-ised". Is there a better (or more correct) word for this?

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    The generic term is "broadcast", or, in media jargon, "put on the wire".
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 18, 2015 at 12:07
  • @DanBron please add that as an answer.
    – Jimmery
    Apr 18, 2015 at 12:38
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    I'm not sure if this article is using the medical definition of medialization, yours, both or a new one...
    – Mazura
    Apr 18, 2015 at 20:23

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For a one-word equivalent that's broader in scope than televised, I would try covered.


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    Please provide a definition and possibly an online dictionary link to the term you are suggesting.
    – user66974
    Apr 18, 2015 at 17:15
  • Note that when you say "the event was televised" you're specifically talking about live coverage - i.e. you can see the event live as it happens by watching the broadcast. "Covered" can be live or not-live. Note that some media like newspapers (whether printed or online) do not support the concept of live coverage due to their nature. You can also say "covered live" for media which support this concept but which may or may not be live, e.g. "The event was covered live via twitter."
    – Brandin
    Apr 19, 2015 at 7:30

It originated with print media, but publish can easily be used in a broader context:

1 a : to make generally known
b : to make public announcement of

2 a : to disseminate to the public
b : to produce or release for distribution; specifically : print 2c
c : to issue the work of (an author)
source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publish

Or, as Dan Bron points out, you can go a little father back up the etymological chain, and use publicize:

: to cause (something) to be publicly known : to give information about (something) to the public
source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publicize

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    Or, going back to the word's roots, maybe even publicized.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 18, 2015 at 15:12
  • @DanBron, an excellent suggestion! I will edit it in.
    – Hellion
    Apr 18, 2015 at 15:17

We use the expressions:

"It's been in the media." "It's all over the media." "It's forefront in the media." (US)

  • Also, in the press.
    – Mazura
    Apr 18, 2015 at 20:25

The general term for "reported by the media" (other than reported, and its non-media-specific synonyms, of course) is "broadcast".

From the American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) entry


  1. To communicate or transmit (a signal, a message, or content, such as audio or video programming) to numerous recipients simultaneously over a communication network: a radio station that broadcasts news; an agency broadcasting an appeal for donations over the Internet.

  2. To make known over a wide area: reporters who broadcast unchecked rumors in order to get the story out first; "The birds sang in flight because that was the only way, in this treeless terrain, to broadcast their claims across their chosen pieces of land" (Kenn Kaufman).

See synonyms at announce.

The word is abstract, and can be used for any kind of conspicuous announcement to the general public or any large audience. In recent decades, it is more often associated with radio, television, and the internet, but is has and continues to be used of print journalism as well.

For example, from an issue of "The Nineteenth Century and After" published in 1916, when newspapers were the dominant form of journalism, radio was not yet popular, and TV hadn't even been invented, Fernand Passelecq wrote:

Belgian Unity and the Flemish Movement

As soon as their works were published their conclusions were broadcast in the papers, from the beginning of 1915 onwards, by a legion of publicists writing thousands of articles on the subject. It is a methodic action, somewhat ...

In media jargon, there is also the phrase "put on the wire".

Bonus fact of the day: when I looked this word up in order to have a dictionary to reference in this answer, I learned that broadcast came from the practice of sowing a field by casting seeds out over a broad area (as opposed to carefully dropping them in a line along a furrough, I suppose).

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    Broadcast is a good term for TV and radio but not for newspapers reporting something. Apr 18, 2015 at 12:57
  • @HåkanLindqvist Not quite true; I have updated my answer to address this concern, however.
    – Dan Bron
    Apr 18, 2015 at 13:13

This discussion describes one popular means of “delivering media” (streaming) and makes multiple references to ‘streaming’ as one kind of “delivery method [of media].” The discussion's repeated use of multiple forms of the generic word “deliver” in this context leads me to propose “delivered” as a possible alternative to use in place of your clever “media-ised”:

The Final Four Games were delivered by TBS, TNT and TruTV; and the Championship Game by CBS.

Other generic verbs similar to “delivered” used in the linked discussion of ‘streaming’ include “presented,” “distributed,” and (contained in your question) “transmitted,” all of which are, in my opinion, media-relevant while being media-type neutral, and as such could also replace “media-ised .”


to air

is quite general


transitive v.

2 b : to expose for the sake of public notice : make open to the public

he did not air his politics in the pulpit — K. B. Murdock

the issue will be thoroughly aired — Newsweek

3 : to transmit by radio or television : broadcast

programs which will be aired in the future — Musical Digest

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary


Billboard - 27 Nov 1999 - Page 64 Vol. 111, No. 48 - ‎Magazine

The event was aired live on MTV Europe and was also broadcast later the same night with a taped delay on the UK's terrestrial TV network ITV and on Ireland's national terrestrial network RTE.

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