Framing the cuts: an analysis of the BBC’s discursive framing of the ConDem cuts agenda

Salter, Lee and Kay, Jilly Boyce (2014) Framing the cuts: an analysis of the BBC’s discursive framing of the ConDem cuts agenda. Journalism, 15 (6). pp. 754-772. ISSN 1464-8849

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This study analyses the discursive framing of the British government’s economic policies
by BBC News Online. Specifically, it focuses on the coverage of the government’s
Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010, in which the details of the Chancellor of the
Exchequer’s broader ‘austerity’ agenda were released. Using frame analysis informed
by critical theory, we analyse three online BBC features and compare their framing of
the economic crisis – and the range of possible policy responses to it – with that of the
In addition, we analyse editorial blogs and training materials associated with the
BBC’s special ‘Spending Review season’; we also situate the analysis in the historical
context of the BBC’s relationship with previous governments at moments of political
and economic crisis.
Contrary to dominant ideas that the BBC is biased to the left, our findings suggest that
its economic journalism discursively normalises neoliberal economics, not necessarily as
desirable, but certainly as inevitable.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Lee Salter
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 11:37
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 02:07

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