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Reporting different second order elections: A comparative analysis of the 2009 and 2013 local and EU elections on public and commercial UK television news bulletins

Cushion, Stephen and Thomas, Richard 2016. Reporting different second order elections: A comparative analysis of the 2009 and 2013 local and EU elections on public and commercial UK television news bulletins. British Politics 11 (2) , pp. 164-183. 10.1057/bp.2015.26

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Abstract

Drawing on a systematic content analysis, this article examines how far television news bulletins with different levels of public service obligations reported the EU and local elections in 2009 and the local elections in 2013. The aim is to compare coverage on the main evening terrestrial bulletins in the United Kingdom (the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) during different types of second order campaigns and according to their regulatory responsibilities. Although UK citizens appear to value local above EU elections, the latter campaign was more extensively reported than the former on all broadcasters, with politicians sourced differently. Most striking was the market deficit of second order election news, notably Channel 5 – the broadcaster with the lightest public service obligations – containing no policy related stories. It was left to the BBC – the broadcaster with the strongest public service commitments – to deliver the most comprehensive and policy-orientated coverage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: second order elections; media content analysis; UK broadcasting; public sphere
Additional Information: Advance online publication 11 May 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1746-918X
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 06:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74231

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