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Time to lift the curtain on this stage-managed election?

The political correspondents are revolting. In the face of a campaign that is painfully stage-managed, slogan sterile and encounter-free, the journalists are taking to their in-house forum (Twitter) to moan about the mundane manipulation by the two main parties. In this long campaign will this change the political dynamics?

[See the end of this article for updates]

The nadir of spin control came this […]

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    If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

If the #GE2017 election race is already over what do journalists report on?

Election campaigns are not just about who is going to win. Yes, the final result is all that matters in terms of power but democracy is about debate and deliberation as well as the decision. It’s a moment when we are supposed to talk to ourselves as a nation about who we are and what we want to be. […]

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    How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

How the TV debates were organised in #GE2015 and their impact: the full story

I wrote the chapter on broadcasting for the Cowley/Kavanagh Election 2015 book. Here is the section on the negotiations that led to the TV ‘debates’ and their impact – for the full chapter and the authoritative record of all aspects of that campaign, get the book here!

By Charlie Beckett, Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE and director […]

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(Another) fascinating media election coming up

Remember when we used to say that this is going to be the ‘Twitter’ or ‘Facebook’ or ‘TV debates’ election? It never was and now politics red in tooth and claw rules supreme, not a particular platform or channel.

But this is going to be (another) fascinating media election where a whole series of vital political communications issues are going […]

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    Scotland’s second referendum: another test for the media as well as democracy

Scotland’s second referendum: another test for the media as well as democracy

Another referendum means another bout of media self examination. I suspect it will see journalists in the firing line from public and politicians as well. Can the news media get it right this time?

The BBC will need to think yet again about how it avoids the charge of ‘London bias’ from nationalists after the 2014 poll. It will also […]

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