News-Watch Reports

News-watch Survey – Winter 2011

This survey investigates the Today programme’s coverage of EU news and current affairs for an eleven-week interval between Monday 3 October and Saturday 17 December 2011. Newswatch  monitored and analysed each edition of the programme in its entirety. All programme items were timed and logged, and all which were relevant to the European Union or its relationship with the UK were transcribed in full.

Unpublished Research Paper – Summer 2011

Although News-watch carried out a monitoring project as usual in Summer 2011, a full report on the survey was not compiled.  Instead, the statistics gathered were utilised in subsequent reports, and time instead was spent compiling a research paper providing a longditudinal overview of the work we had completed since 1999, looking at issues including Withdrawal, Bias by Omission, and the BBC Complaints Procedure.

News-watch Survey – Winter 2010

This survey examines the Today programme‟s coverage of EU news and current affairs for a thirteen-week interval between Monday 20 September and Saturday 18 December 2010. Newswatch monitored and analysed each edition of the programme in its entirety. All news items were timed and logged, and all those of relevance to the European Union or its relationship with the UK were transcribed in full.

European Election Survey – Summer 2009

On Monday 27 April 2009, Newswatch began a 44-day investigation into the BBC’s coverage of European Union news and current affairs. The survey focused on the period approaching the Elections to the European Parliament held on Thursday June 4, and continued until Tuesday June 9, two days after the announcement of the results.   Ten BBC news and current affairs programmes were monitored during this period, five from Radio 4, and five from BBC Television. In total, this amounted to 289 hours of news broadcasts.

News-watch Survey – Winter 2008

On Monday 31 March 2008, Newswatch UK began a twelve-week investigation into Today’s coverage of European Union news and current affairs.  The monitoring interval included the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty on 12 June and the EU’s biannual European Council meeting on 19-20 June. Other significant EU issues to arise during the twelve week period included controversy surrounding MEP’s expenses, the re-emergence of a call for an EU-wide army, and the rise in the value of the euro against the pound.