Bureau Recommends: International coverage lacking on BBC: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

23 Jun

Bureau Recommends: International coverage lacking on BBC: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Introduction

ITV has overtaken the BBC in producing coverage of developing countries, according to a report that examined factual coverage in the UK during 2010.

The study, carried out by the International Broadcasting Trust and the University of East Anglia found that BBC1 broadcast almost half the number of hours of international stories than ITV, raising questions about the national broadcaster’s public service remit.

Examining programmes outside of News, the findings show that North Africa and the Middle East received just 5% of all international non-news coverage in the UK last year. The overall the volume of new international factual programming was at its lowest since the IBT began its annual study in 1989.

However the finding also revealed an increase of such programming on digital platform, with BBC3, BBC4 and More4 all broadcasting record amounts of new factual programming last year.

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