The Public Banished?

Jon Lawrence

in Electing Our Masters

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701528 | DOI:
The Public Banished?

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This chapter examines the history of public participation in election broadcasting since the 1950s, asking where the public fits in the complicated and often fraught relationship between politicians and broadcasters. It examines whether broadcasters lived up to the ideals of promoting accessibility and accountability in British politics, and championing public movement in the political process; whether television really evolved to perform the democratic role once assigned to the public meeting; and whether broadcasters have done enough to facilitate the interrogation of politicians by members of the public. On the vital question about the future of democracy, this chapter argues that it is the British broadcasters, rather than the politicians, who are the masters now.

Keywords: public participation; NBC; media; election broadcasting; broadcasters; British politics

Chapter.  8556 words. 

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

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