Glasgow Media Group

The Glasgow Media Group (GMG) was formed in 1974, as six media researchers within the sociology department of Glasgow University got together to produce the book Bad News. John Eldridge, Jean Hart, Alison McNaughton, Greg Philo, Paul Walton, and Brian Winston measured bias and ideology in television news coverage through content analysis, complemented by some interviewing and covert participant observation. The book argued that both the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and News Independent Television News (ITN), important news providers in the United Kingdom, editorialized and fell short of their legal obligation to present political and industrial news in a balanced and neutral fashion. The group argued that television news did not reflect the full range of views, was undemocratic in its choice of sources, and ...

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