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    Understanding the role of the mass media in the EU Referendum

Understanding the role of the mass media in the EU Referendum

What role did the media play in shaping the result of the UK’s EU referendum? Mike Berry writes that the media was both the venue where each campaign concentrated their primary efforts, and a crucial mechanism for setting the political agenda. He notes that the Leave campaign generally navigated the media more effectively than the Remain side throughout the […]

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    Heavy duty: what are the shortcomings of the BBC’s reporting of the EU?

Heavy duty: what are the shortcomings of the BBC’s reporting of the EU?

With so much British media coverage of the EU biased, if not actively hostile, the BBC has a heavy responsibility to ensure voters have enough knowledge to make an informed decision on 23 June. Mike Berry analysed BBC reporting of the Lisbon Treaty and EU budget and found it focussed unduly on infighting between Labour and Conservative politicians. Coverage also tended to be […]

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