Assessing the Delivery of BBC Radio 5 Live's Public Service Commitments

Luckhurst, Tim and Cocking, Ben and Reeves, Ian and Bailey, Rob (2019) Assessing the Delivery of BBC Radio 5 Live's Public Service Commitments. Abramis Academic Publishing, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK, 44 pp. ISBN 978-1-84549-558-9. (In press) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Twenty-four years since the launch of Radio 5 Live, the BBC describes as its primary public purpose the duty 'to provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them'. It explains that: 'The BBC has no more important purpose than to inform. All citizens have a stake in the news. In a democracy, it is an essential public purpose. Every member of the public needs access to reliable information in order to understand the world around them and to make decisions for themselves, their communities and their shared future'. The Corporation presents 5 Live's broadcast output as an important contribution towards its fulfilment of this duty. By first defining news journalism as a crucial asset, intrinsic to the efficient functioning of democratic societies, the authors assess whether Radio 5 Live is really meeting Ofcom's regulatory requirement that 75% of its output should be news and current affairs.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: defining news and current affairs, news as a social good, 5 Live, BBC, Ofcom, information, investigation, analysis, social empathy, public forum, human interest, publicising representative democracy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Tim Luckhurst
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 14:19 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 00:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71586 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Luckhurst, Tim: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1478-7273
Cocking, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1247-791X
Reeves, Ian: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7708-2820
Bailey, Rob: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0153-0949
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