First published in 1980, More Bad News is the Second Volume in the research findings of the Glasgow University Media Group. It develops the analytic findings and methods of the first volume Bad News through a series of Case Studies of Television News Coverage, and argues that much of what passes as balanced and factual news reporting is produced from a highly partial viewpoint.
Focusing on the British economy in crisis, and its thematic linkage with the Social Contract during the first four months of 1975, the book deals with three main levels of activity: the story, the language and the visuals. As the book unpacks each level of routine news coverage a picture emerges which has the surface appearance of neutrality and balance but is in fact highly partial and restricted
‘It continues to assault that most hallowed belief of news-broadcasters, that the news is an unbiased reflection of reality. What it convincingly shows is that this coverage is indeed selective, not a neutral reflection of events, and that this selectivity was not dictated by the need to provide action packed pictures for the viewers to watch … but by journalistic criteria as to what is newsworthy.’ - Times Higher Education Supplement
Part 1: Reporting the Economic Crisis and the Social Contract: A Case Study 1. Introduction: The Economic Background 2. Wages and Price Figures 3. From Diagnosis to Prescription 4. Pointing the Finger: Evaluations and Judgements 5. ‘Who Gets On?’: Conclusion Part 2: Hear it This Way 6. News Ideology: Neutrality and Naturalism 7. Assembling the News Text 8. News Talk: Vocabulary and Industrial Action Part 3: See it This Way 9. Measuring the Visuals 10. Halting the Flow 11. ‘Good Evening’ 12. Still Life 13. ‘Truth 24 Times a Second’ 25 Times for Television 14. Appendix A: Just One Week 15. Appendix B: Identifying Exploratory Themes 16: Appendix C: The Events of Sunday 11 May – Saturday 17 May 1975
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 2-volume study by the Glasgow University Media Group, originally published in 1976 and 1980.