New challenges in the coverage of politics for UK broadcasters and regulators in the new ‘Post-Truth’ environment

Gaber, Ivor (2018) New challenges in the coverage of politics for UK broadcasters and regulators in the new ‘Post-Truth’ environment. Journalism Practice, 12 (8). pp. 1019-1028. ISSN 1751-2786

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Abstract

The last two years have been times of turbulence for the BBC, and other broadcasters, in terms of their coverage of UK politics. Their reporting of the general elections of 2015 and 2017, of the 2016 European Union Referendum and the 2015 election of Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party have been much criticised (as has that of other mainstream media outlets). And despite the rise of social media, the BBC remains the most used and most trusted source of news in the UK and hence is a vital element in the UK public sphere. Consequently, these journalistic failures—when its political coverage failed to reflect what turned out to be the reality on the ground - are particularly problematic. This brings into focus the issue of “the truth” in election and referendum campaigns. The example quoted here—about the Labour Party and antisemitism—illustrates the difficulties in arriving at the “truth”, even in the less frenetic atmosphere between campaigns. It demonstrates how there can be many truths and this, in itself, raises urgent questions about the nature of political journalism which pose challenges for public broadcasting in Britain with implications that go much wider.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: BBC regulation BBC Trust Ofcom Impartiality Balance Truth Brexit Bias
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and communications > HE7601 Telecommunication industry. Telegraph > HE8689 Radio and television broadcasting
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure > HM1181 Attitude > HM1206 Communication. Mass media
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism. The periodical press, etc. > PN4775 Technique. Practical journalism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism. The periodical press, etc. > PN4775 Technique. Practical journalism > PN4778 Special > PN4784.A-Z Other, A-Z > PN4784.V54 Video journalism
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Depositing User: Ivor Gaber
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75802

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