chapter  2
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Quantitative analysis of the news provision 2006–08

This chapter focuses on the broadcasters’ news values and agenda-setting techniques and analyses their reports both quantitatively (e.g. running order, airtime, number of items per programme and subject matter) and qualitatively (e.g. the portrayal of news values and agenda-setting attributes displayed). It illustrates the salience of foreign conflict reporting in the overall agenda and its interaction with domestic and international news. It categorises the broadcasters’ coverage into five principal typologies (conflict, political/peace attempts, human interest, religion, domestic-related) to determine, and compare, which areas are prioritised. The chapter reveals differences in the coverage that are generated by different news values.