‘Pure bias’. Succinct, to the point, this was Arthur Scargill’s characterisation of the two main evening television programmes’ coverage of the 1984 coal strike. Blunter still, the leader of the Nottinghamshire miners roared at the cameras, ‘It’s all being distorted. Take the bloody thing away’.Both Scargill and Chadburn were of course fighting their corner in the gravest industrial confrontation ever covered by television in Britain. This book is an analysis of the TV coverage of strikes and disputes in the 1980s. Useful for Media and Theatre Studies, Drama and students of politics.
Part 1 Introduction, The Glasgow Critique, Contours of Coverage ‘Figures’ — and Facts, Trade Unions and the Media, Case Studies I: The Glasgow Dustcart Drivers’ Strike, Case Studies II: The Problems of the Car Industry, More Case Studies, The Westminster Hospital Pay-Beds Dispute, The Imperial Tyepwriter Sit-In, Demonstrations over Closures at Ebbw Vale, Trouble at British Airways, ‘Framing’ the News, Conclusion, Part 2, News Scripts, Introduction, The Hospital Consultants’ Work-to-Contract The Problems of the Car Industry, The National Graphical Association — Newspaper, Publishers’ Association Dispute and the Daily Mirror/NATSOPA Dispute, The Glasgow Dustcart Drivers’ Strike, Scottish Ambulance Controllers’ Strike, The Imperial Typewriter Sit-In, The London Bus Strike, British Airways, The Avon Computer Strike, The British Rail Signalmen’s Strikes, The Ebbw Vale Demonstration, The Morriston Hospital Strike, The British Aircraft Corporation Sit,-In, The London Docks Containerisation Strike, Industrial Civil Servants’ Strike, The Westminster Hospital Dispute, Liverpool Dustcart Drivers’ Strike, Sealink Ferry Strike, Daily Mirror/SOGAT Dispute, Electricians’ Strikes, British Rail Workshop Supervisors’ Work to Rule, The Hull Dock Strike, The Newmarket Stable Lads’ Strike, Appendix: Harold Wilson’s speech on the car industry, 3 January 1975