Broadcasting Politics

Jon Lawrence

in Electing Our Masters

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701528 | DOI:
Broadcasting Politics

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This chapter deals with broadcasting politics, looking at the relationship between politicians and broadcasters. The first section examines mediated politics and the interactions of politicians with the public. The second section identifies the key landmarks in the history of political broadcasting in Britain since the late 1950s, noting the rise and fall of the TV election. The third section discusses politicians and broadcasters in the ‘golden age’. The General Elections of 1964 and 1966 generated considerable controversy over the manner in which television chose to present the party leaders to the public. It notes that these elections led to widespread concern that television was acting as an agent provocateur in British public politics. The last section cites the details of the television wars since 1987.

Keywords: broadcasting; politicians; broadcasters; TV election; television wars; General Election

Chapter.  12173 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Political History

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