Accuracy and impartiality in coverage of the 4 nations
Grant Holders: Professor Justin Lewis & Dr Stephen Cushion
Researcher: Chris Groves
Funder: BBC Trust
Period: October 07 to March 08
An analysis of the broadcast news coverage of the 4 nations in order to explore issues of impartiality and accuracy in the representation of devolved government in the UK.
It was once famously said that devolution is a process, not an event. The fear, at least in part, was that devolution would be made into a one off media spectacle rather than a long term settlement where citizens would be informed, on a daily basis, of the legislative business conducted in the newly acquired political institutions. In time, it was thought, the nations would grow into their Assemblies, and slowly come to grips with the purpose and function of devolved governance. But how far, eight years on, the news media have met the considerable challenge of covering the unfolding narrative of devolution in the UK remains unclear.