This thesis is based on a discourse analysis of four specific Dnevniks, the TV News programme with the highest ratings, broadcast by the Serbian National Broadcaster, RTS. The analysed reports focus on the discursive construction of the blending of national and religious identities in the representation of Vidovdan. Vidovdan is a national and religious holiday in Serbia that commemorates the day of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389 and in Serbian collective memory, it is connected to the Kosovo myth. A date of the Vidovdan celebration, 28 June, is considered to be “fateful day for Serbs” as many other important historical events also happened on that day.Through the case study, this thesis aims to analyse TV News discourse as social action, the ideological function and power of media, and examine how this holiday is discursively constructed. Inspired by the blend of theories and methods of critical discourse analysts, mainly Teun van Dijk, Paul Chilton, Norman Fairclough and Ruth Wodak, and theories on collective memory, this work in particular highlights the discursive construction of the blend of politics and religion that has become quite prominent in post-socialist Serbia after the transitions in 2000.
Keywords: discourse, discourse analysis, Vidovdan, TV News discourse, Dnevnik, collective memory, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the blending of religion and politics.