Are public service media distinctive from the market? Interpreting the political information environments of BBC and commercial news in the United Kingdom

Stephen Cushion | European Journal of Communication

With many citizens having access to a variety of media, this paper questions whether public service provides a distinctive and informative news service compared to private media? It found that BBC news and commercial public service platforms mainly covered politics, public affairs and international issues,  plus BBC news online covered more informative topics than the market-based media which reported more  on celebrity and entertainment news. In addition, where public service media reported with a world view perspective, market-driven media reported news with a UK perspective.

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