‘Pure bias’. Succinct, to the point, this was Arthur Scargill’s characterisation of the two main evening television programmes’ coverage of the 1984 coal strike. Blunter still, the leader of the Nottinghamshire miners roared at the cameras, ‘It’s all being distorted. Take the bloody thing away’.Both Scargill and Chadburn were of course fighting their corner in the gravest industrial confrontation ever covered by television in Britain. This book is an analysis of the TV coverage of strikes and disputes in the 1970 and 80s. Useful for Media and Theatre Studies, Drama and students of politics.

chapter |10 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

The Glasgow Critique

chapter 2|21 pages

Contours of Coverage

chapter 3|24 pages

‘Figures’ — and Facts

chapter 4|12 pages

Trade Unions and The Media

chapter |11 pages

More Case Studies

chapter 8|14 pages

‘Framing’ The News

chapter 9|16 pages


part |254 pages

Part 2: News Scripts

chapter 1|20 pages

Hospital Consultants’ Work to Contract

chapter 2|71 pages

The Problems of The Car Industry

chapter 4|26 pages

Glasgow Dustcart Drivers’ Strike

chapter 5|6 pages

Scottish Ambulance Controllers’ Strike

chapter 6|7 pages

The Imperial Typewriter Sit-In

chapter 7|4 pages

The London Bus Strike

chapter 8|9 pages

British Airways

chapter 9|1 pages

The Avon Computer Strike

chapter 10|17 pages

British Rail Signalmen’s Strike

chapter 11|2 pages

The Ebbw Vale Demonstration

chapter 12|4 pages

Morriston Hospital Strike

chapter 13|1 pages

British Aircraft Corporation Sit-In

chapter 14|30 pages

London Docks Containerisation Strike

chapter 15|2 pages

Industrial Civil Servants’ Strike

chapter 16|9 pages

The Westminster Hospital Dispute

chapter 17|3 pages

Liverpool Dustcart Drivers’ Strike

chapter 18|1 pages

Sealink Ferry Strike

chapter 19|6 pages

Daily Mirror — Sogat Dispute

chapter 20|2 pages

Electricians’ Strikes

chapter 22|1 pages

The Hull Dock Strike

chapter 23|3 pages

The Newmarket Stable Lads’ Strike