Summary and Discussion

  • Gary James MerrillEmail author


The preceding chapters suggest that mainstream British economic, business and financial (EBF) journalism tends to cover issues within relatively restricted parameters of debate, around a ‘consensus’ that is largely consistent with the views of the corporate and political elites. There is some divergence, however, and each of the featured news organisations has its own house tradition that gives some political variety. The case studies show that the Telegraph newspapers, The Times and the Sunday Times were supportive of laissez faire, the primacy of profit, and reduced government regulation. The Guardian-Observer gave some exposure and credence to ideas from the left but tended to exclude radical thinking. Although the BBC is often accused of having a left-wing/anti-business bias, its reporting had demonstrably more in common with the right-wing newspapers than the Guardian-Observer. These findings contribute to contemporary debates about the political content of news, and the portrayal of individuals and ideas from the left of the political spectrum. Further research in this sphere might help promote a more inclusive journalism in the future. It is debatable, however, if the well-established production processes that generate EBF news with such a deficit of political perspectives can be changed in the short or medium term.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUK

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