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The Banking Crisis: Content Studies

  • Mike Berry
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Abstract

This chapter examines how the British national press and public service broadcasting reported on the 2008 Banking Crisis and its aftermath. Key questions addressed in the chapter include: Who did the media cite as responsible for the crisis and how was it explained? How were the bank rescue plans evaluated and critiqued? Who were the key sources in news coverage? What was the range of debate on the nationalising the failed banks? What reforms to the finance sector were discussed? The results indicated that although there were some important differences between press and broadcast reporting there were significant areas of overlap. In particular, both press and broadcasting presented the view there were no alternatives to the bank bailouts and featured few voices calling for far-reaching systemic reforms to the sector. Instead much of the coverage was fixated on the relatively peripheral issue of restricting banker’s bonuses.

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  • Mike Berry
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  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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