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Impartiality Review


Grant Holders: Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen and Professor Richard Sambrook

Researchers: Lucy Bennett, Jonathan Cable, Giulia Dessi, Scott Dewey, Josh Fortey, Struan Gray, Owen Jones, Alexander Peel, Owen Roberts, Jack Williamson

Funder: British Broadcasting Corporation Trust

Period: November 2012 to February 2013

A project on the breadth of opinion (a) in BBC coverage of religion, immigration and Britain’s relationship to Europe, and (b) in BBC, ITV and Channel 4 broadcasts, comparing 2007 to 2012

Research Outputs

Wahl-Jorgensen, K., Sambrook, R., Berry, M., Moore, K., Garcia-Blanco, I., Kidd, J., Dencik, L., and Hintz, A (2013). The challenges of balance and impartiality in broadcast news: Findings from the BBC breadth of opinion review content analysis. Paper presented at the Future of Journalism Conference, Cardiff, September 12.

Research Impact

  • Changes in editorial policy at the BBC
  • Extensive coverage of our research and the report in all major national media

Related Links:

BBC Trust press release

Trust Review reports