Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A television program with a mixture of news and entertainment features, such as interviews, commentaries, and reviews. Also called docutainment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of programming (cinematic, television, live action, etc.) that provides both information and entertainment; also known as soft news, the information in infotainment programming consists of mostly celebrity news and human drama.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event

Etymologies

info(rmation) + (enter)tainment.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of information and entertainment (1982) (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Pseudonews. Content provided by commercial media companies which compromises the concept of objective news journalism by contaminating it with "entertainment" values for the purpose of increasing the audience for the content. Example: "Cable news has become infotainment, bearing almost no resemblance to any objective assessment of the events that matter on a given day or to the accurate reporting of them."

    July 7, 2009

  • A close relative is "infommercial" = a TV commercial spot purporting to give information.

    January 30, 2008