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Public-Commercial Hybridity at BBC News Online: Covering Non-Governmental Organisations in Africa

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Death of Public Knowledge?
Subtitle of host publicationHow Free Markets Destroy the General Intellect
EditorsAeron Davis
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781906897413
ISBN (Print)9781906897390
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


BBC News Online is one of the most popular news websites in the world, with enormous credibility in the UK and overseas, especially in the United States. It sits at the heart of the BBC’s broader efforts to respond to the challenges of commercialisation, digitalisation and convergence, whilst remaining mindful of its commitment to public service values. But this chapter uses an analysis of the Corporation’ use of NGO material within African news, to raise serious concerns about the ways in which the increased webcentricity of the corporation’s journalism is being shaped by a broader erosion of the firewall between commercial and editorial decision-making.

    Research areas

  • Political economy, BBC, journalism, NGOs, Africa, public service media

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