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The 'Today' programme and the banking crisis

Berry, Mike 2013. The 'Today' programme and the banking crisis. Journalism 14 (2) , pp. 253-270. 10.1177/1464884912458654

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This research examines how BBC Radio 4’s Today programme reported on the 2008 banking crisis. Six weeks of coverage were analysed in order to identify patterns of source access and how these impacted on the range of debate offered to listeners. Results indicated that City sources dominated coverage, particularly during the two-week period around the British bank rescue plan. The consequence of this was that listeners were offered a prescribed range of debate on the UK government’s bank rescue plan and possible reforms to the financial sector. The research raises key questions regarding impartiality and balance in public service broadcasting.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: Financial crisis, media–source relations, public service broadcasting, elites
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1464-8849
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25

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