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A Future for Public Service Television$
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Des Freedman and Vana Goblot

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781906897710

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.001.0001

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Tunnel Vision: The Tendency for BBC Economic and Business News to Follow Elite Opinion and Exclude Other Credible Perspectives

Tunnel Vision: The Tendency for BBC Economic and Business News to Follow Elite Opinion and Exclude Other Credible Perspectives

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(p.314) 44 Tunnel Vision: The Tendency for BBC Economic and Business News to Follow Elite Opinion and Exclude Other Credible Perspectives
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A Future for Public Service Television
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Gary James Merrill

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9781906897710.003.0046

This chapter focuses on the economic and business journalism produced by the BBC. Despite increased competition from online news organisations, BBC News holds three of the top five positions in the overall rankings. The BBC is also rated as a highly trustworthy source of economic and business news and, since the financial crisis, there has been a substantial increase in audience interest. Economic and business news equips the public with essential knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions, and is a vital element of the BBC's journalistic output. However, only around a fifth of viewers believe that the Corporation gives a ‘fair and balanced picture’ of the economic environment. For these reasons, it is important to take a critical look at the impartiality of the BBC's journalism in this sphere.

Keywords:   BBC News, economic journalism, business journalism, public service broadcasting, business news, impartiality

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