Newspaper Power: The New National Press in Britain / Edition 1

Newspaper Power: The New National Press in Britain / Edition 1

by Jeremy Tunstall
     
 

This book examines British national newspapers after the 1986 "Death of Fleet Street" triggered by Rupert Murdoch. Since then competition has intensified with more titles, fatter papers, more sections, and aggressive marketing. All areas of journalism—from sport to politics—have been transformed. A star system has developed for columnist and

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This book examines British national newspapers after the 1986 "Death of Fleet Street" triggered by Rupert Murdoch. Since then competition has intensified with more titles, fatter papers, more sections, and aggressive marketing. All areas of journalism—from sport to politics—have been transformed. A star system has developed for columnist and there is now a bigger and more powerful top echelon of senior executives, star writers, and section heads. The Editor has taken on a newly dominant role as impresario and entrepreneur.

Newspaper Power is based on 200 interviews with senior newspaper people in the 1990s. Jeremy Tunstall also studied pre-Murdoch Fleet Street and he makes illuminating comparisons between the 1960s and the 1990s.

The author argues that it is the newspapers (not television) which define political crises and severely wound Prime Ministers; that the broadsheets have increasingly regarded finance as the new core of serious journalism; and that the tabloids have re-defined the British monarchy as soap opera. He also analyzes the control over policy-making for the press, broadcasting, and cross-media ownership, which is exercised by the Prime Minister in consultation with the press. The book provides a valuable introduction to the national Press of our time and the issues that surround current and recent British journalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198711339
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction1
1National Tabloids and Broadsheets7
2Murdoch's Wapping Power Shift18
3From the Golden 1960s to 1990s Super-competition31
4Local Press Meltdown: Freesheet and Tabloid Triumph60
5From Press Lords to Moguls and Macho Managers79
6Sovereign Editors and Editor-Managers95
7Entrepreneurial Editors116
8From Gentlemen of the Press to Journos136
9Page Power155
10Star Power172
11Television and the Press184
12The Big Story199
13Readers and Viewers215
14Stronger Media Versus Government229
15A Partisan and Right-skewed Press240
16Lobby Journalists, Politicians, and Prime Ministers256
17Columnists and Wider Political Journalism281
18Newspapers and Crisis Definition297
19Hacking down the Monarchy313
20Shrinking Foreign News339
21Financial News Take-over354
22Press Monopoly (Press Preservation) Policy377
23Token Self-regulation391
24Prime Minister, Press, and Broadcasting Policy408
25Powerful Newspapers421
Bibliography428
Index435

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