Pluralist public sphere or elitist closed circle? Elite-driven agendas and contributor 'chemistry' as determinants of pundit choice on a flagship BBC politics show.
Since BBC1’s Politics Live discussion show launched in 2018, it has been characterised by an accessible and chatty, if sometimes highly involved, discursive style more native to podcasts than conventional daytime television. The programme attempted to distinguish itself through distinctive features including meaningful engagement with social media, a dynamic ‘musical chairs’ approach to refreshing panels mid-show, live fact-checking of disputed political truth-claims, and a sometimes self-consciously inclusive strategy for balancing the age, race and gender profiles of studio guests. If the programme has struggled to fulfil any of its trumpeted selling-points, however, it is its quest to reflect the world of politics at ‘grassroots’ level – by venturing beyond London’s insular ‘Westminster bubble’ to seek out issues and contributors that better reflect the topics people chat about in the pub. This chapter combines analysis of the voices and issues aired on Politics Live during the opening months of its second year and an interview with its head producer to determine the extent to which it qualifies as a pluralistic, representative public sphere, rather than a superficially persuasive reconfiguration of existing elite circles.
MORRISON, J. 2022. Pluralist public sphere or elitist closed circle? Elite-driven agendas and contributor 'chemistry' as determinants of pundit choice on a flagship BBC politics show. In Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M. (eds.) The Routledge companion to political journalism. Abingdon: Routledge [online], Chapter 36, pages 383-393. Available from: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429284571-36
|Online Publication Date||Oct 20, 2021|
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Nov 26, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Apr 21, 2023|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis (Routledge)|
|Book Title||The Routledge companion to political journalism|
|Chapter Number||Chapter 36|
|ISBN||9780367248222 ; 9781032080451|
|Keywords||Political journalism; Politics and current affairs; Political bubbles; Media bias|
|Related Public URLs||(Parent work) https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1534839|
MORRISON 2022 Pluralist public sphere or elitist closed circle (AAM)