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BBC ‘Showed clear bias' against Jeremy Corbyn in leadership crisis, research shows

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The online and television media showed “clear and consistent bias” against Jeremy Corbyn at the start of the Labour leadership coup, according to new research, which also accuses the BBC of giving twice as much airtime to Corbyn’s critics than to his supporters on some programmes during the crisis. The exclusive study from The Media Reform Coalition and Birkbeck, University of London, analysed TV and online news during the 10 days after the wave of resignations from Corbyn’s shadow cabinet following the Brexit vote in late June. Measuring how much airtime and online coverage was focused on the embattled leader’s allies and opponents, the research found “a marked and persistent imbalance in favour of sources critical of Jeremy Corbyn, the issues that they sought to highlight, and the arguments they advanced.”

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Botched coup gives Erdogan the green light for massive purges

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The failure of the coup launched by a faction of the military on 15 July has resulted in a massive purge by the Erdogan's government, while the reckless military adventurism has weakened, possibly fatally, what was left of the country's democratic framework. In addition it left more than 200 dead and over 1,500 injured, mostly civilians who went onto the streets to resist the coup.

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Save Public Broadcasting

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The CPBF has produced a special report on its response to the recent Government White Paper on the current BBC Charter Review.

It believes that the government’s plans for the BBC and public service broadcasting threaten that system and the whole ecology of British broadcasting.

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EU Referendum: a cowed BBC, hardly the broadcasters finest hour

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Broadcasters, like print journalists, are rightly being challenged by leading figures on the Remain side for the news media’s failure during the EU Referendum campaign to exercise sufficient scrutiny over the claims being made by Leave supporters. Based on my 30 years as a BBC correspondent, from well before the 1975 referendum, I am in no doubt as to how viewers and listeners were short changed.

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