Tuesday, 18 November 2008

News values: Ross and Brand trump Dave

Working from home this morning.

I see both Sky News and the BBC News Channel have cut away from the Leader of the Opposition taking questions on the economy, and his major decision to drop Conservative support for Labour spending plans, for live coverage of the Select Committee scrutinising Mark Thompson and the head of the BBC Trust over what is being billed on screen as the "BBC phone calls row" - the Russell Brand-Jonathan Ross affair.

1 comment:

Tom said...

This is interesting: there's a tricky editorial decision about whether it's better for the BBC to be perceived as failing to give enough coverage to an important Conservative policy announcement, or to be perceived as ignoring a story which involves major criticism of the BBC itself. It's a no-win.