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

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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: 7/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

City University, London
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction 1
1 National Tabloids and Broadsheets 7
2 Murdoch's Wapping Power Shift 18
3 From the Golden 1960s to 1990s Super-competition 31
4 Local Press Meltdown: Freesheet and Tabloid Triumph 60
5 From Press Lords to Moguls and Macho Managers 79
6 Sovereign Editors and Editor-Managers 95
7 Entrepreneurial Editors 116
8 From Gentlemen of the Press to Journos 136
9 Page Power 155
10 Star Power 172
11 Television and the Press 184
12 The Big Story 199
13 Readers and Viewers 215
14 Stronger Media Versus Government 229
15 A Partisan and Right-skewed Press 240
16 Lobby Journalists, Politicians, and Prime Ministers 256
17 Columnists and Wider Political Journalism 281
18 Newspapers and Crisis Definition 297
19 Hacking down the Monarchy 313
20 Shrinking Foreign News 339
21 Financial News Take-over 354
22 Press Monopoly (Press Preservation) Policy 377
23 Token Self-regulation 391
24 Prime Minister, Press, and Broadcasting Policy 408
25 Powerful Newspapers 421
Bibliography 428
Index 435
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