It is a commonly held belief that television news in Britain, on whatever
channel, is more objective, more trustworthy, more neutral than press reporting.
The illusion is exploded in this controversial study by the Glasgow University
Media Group, originally published in 1976.
The authors undertook an exhaustive monitoring of all television broadcasts over
6 months, from January to June 1975, with particular focus upon industrial news
broadcasts, the TUC, strikes and industrial action, business and economic
Their analysis showed how television news favours certain individuals by giving
them more time and status. But their findings did not merely deny the neutrality
of the news, they gave a new