Breaking – or broken news?

In our first live event we are talking to three leading journalists who share their insight on the challenges to report Brexit.

Listen to the episode featuring Holly Watt (author and journalist who has worked for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian), Ric Bailey (the BBC’s Chief Political Adviser) and Laura Hughes (The Financial Times‘s political correspondent).

Presented by: Dr. Glenda Cooper and Dr. Lindsey Blumell

Produced by: Atina Dimitrova

15,000 EU referendum related articles were published online across 20 national outlets during the official campaign. The economy was the most covered campaign issue but coverage of immigration more than tripled over the course of the campaign.

Despite many newspapers taking a pro-Leave stance there was still a shock in the early hours of 24 June 2016 when the result was announced.


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Holly Watt started her career at the Sunday Times, before working on the investigation teams at the Telegraph, where she played a key role in exposing the MPs’ expenses scandal, and the Guardian. Holly’s debut novel, To the Lions, was published in February 2019 by Raven Books/Bloomsbury. She is currently working on the sequel, to be published in 2020.

Ric Bailey is the BBC’s Chief Political Adviser,  Deputy Director of Editorial Policy and Standards and a member of the BBC’s Senior Leadership Team.  He chairs the Broadcasters’ Liaison Group, which oversees the system of Party Political Broadcasts for the UK broadcasting industry.  From 2012 to 2014, Ric was Special Editorial Adviser to the BBC Director-General.  Previously, he was Executive Editor of BBC One’s Question Time and before that Editor of the BBC’s Political News operation at Westminster.  He’s a former lobby correspondent for BBC TV and radio.  In 2010, Ric represented the BBC in negotiations to set up the first ever TV election debates, for which he won, jointly, an RTS Journalism Award.  He is Visiting Professor in Political Journalism at Leeds University and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Language and Cognition at University College London.

Laura Hughes is a political correspondent for The Financial Times. She received the 2018 British Journalism Award for political journalism for her reporting on sexual harassment in Westminster and has recently been awarded the coveted 2019 Stern Fellowship at The Washington Post.  She has extensively covered Brexit.

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