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The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

Oxygen of Publicity
Oxygen of publicity

This phrase was coined by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1985 when Leon Brittan, then Home Secretary, persuaded the BBC Governors to postpone and then re-edit the documentary Real Lives which featured Irish Republican politician Martin McGuinness and DUP Councillor Gregory Campbell. Thatcher wanted to ban the programme before she had seen it on the grounds that it would provide terrorists with the ‘oxygen of publicity’. BBC journalists voted in support of industrial action to protest at what they judged to be the governors' supine response to Government pressure (Franklin, 2004a: 77).

The Real Lives affair occurred during an extremely low point in relations between government and journalists, especially BBC journalists. In 1982, the Conservative Government expressed its dissatisfaction with the BBC ...

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