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Research shows broadcast journalism is already becoming more partisan. If standards in accuracy and impartiality are not robustly regulated, Fox-style journalism could soon become an accepted norm of the UK’s broadcast ecology.
More and more people in the UK have been going out of their way to avoid news over the past couple of years: first with Brexit, now with COVID-19.
COVID-19 ‘news fatigue’ had set in with the UK public, but then the prime minister’s chief advisor changed all that.
Researchers find widespread confusion in the UK population about the different lockdown rules, which is partly attributable to national newspaper coverage but also to bad UK Government communication.
Most people believe the government was wrong to stop publishing international comparisons of COVID-19 death tolls at daily briefings. Many saw this as an attempt to cover up just how badly the UK has handled the pandemic.
Public service journalism is more vital now than ever and should be given charitable status.