politics

Sky News claims to have been cut out of Tory election coverage

The broadcaster has released a statement today claiming that “since early in the election campaign, Sky News has not been getting live interviews on election issues with Conservative ministers. Also we weren’t initially invited to follow the leader’s tour,” a Sky spokesperson claimed.

The RTS understand that Sky News was offered places on Theresa May’s campaign bus on Tuesday 16th May – four days after it was initially launched. However access to the Prime Minister and her team is still being denied.

Inside Sky's Election Campaign: Deconstructing the election guidelines with Peter Lowe

Peter Lowe is the Managing Editor of Sky News, and the man responsible for ensuring that the broadcaster meets its commitments to impartiality and unbiased reporting - something broadcasters are legally required to do under the Communications Act 2003. 

News reporting, both in and outside of election season, must be fair and unbiased, it must show 'due impartiality', which Peter explains below, and 'due accuracy', meaning that the accuracy needed must be satisfactory and appropriate to the content. 

May & Corbyn face the public on Sky News and Channel 4

The special programme, to be broadcast on Monday 29th May, has been announced as part of Sky’s coverage of the upcoming General Election, and will feature the first leader interviews of the campaign in front of a live audience.  

In the 90-minute programme, Islam will begin with an audience Q&A before Paxman steps in to interview the respective party leader, before the process is repeated with the other party leader. .

Inside Sky's Election Campaign: Covering the Election with Esme Wren

As part of the RTS Inside Sky’s Election Campaign series, Sky’s Head of Politics, Specialist and Business Journalism Esme Wren, who is overseeing the broadcaster's election coverage, reveals her plans for covering the surprise General Election.

For the broadcaster, getting outside of London is key to covering the campaign, after lessons learned from the Brexit and 2015 General Election coverage where the opinion polls were out of touch with the final result.

Damian Collins: The MP influencing the TV sector

Five months into the role of Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, and Damian Collins MP has consolidated a reputation as a well-informed politician with a decent grasp of key issues, ranging from fake news to the complexities of press regulation, post-Leveson.

His recent appearance at the Oxford Media Convention enhanced that reputation, with a speech stressing the seriousness of the fake news phenomenon.

The rise of Sunday morning political shows

With the arrival last May of Peston on Sunday on ITV to add to The Andrew Marr Show and Andrew Neil’s The Sunday Politics on the BBC, the Sunday morning TV political audience seemed to be very well catered for.

Yet, Sky’s head of news, John Ryley, thought there might be room for another competitor and a different approach. With this in mind, he talked it over with his young political correspondent, Sophy Ridge.

Will politics ignite a new golden age of TV satire?

The disruptive, combative political landscape created by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is, on the face of it, a gift for UK television satirists and their venerable tradition of biting and often brutal parody.

While Theresa May’s blandness may do little to whet a satirist’s appetite, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage bring larger-than-life personas to Brexit. And Trump is, well, Trump.

Newsnight's Emily Maitlis remembers the Trump campaign trail

“I remember on the day of the [Trump] election thinking there is not a news organisation, or periodical that won’t be covering this on the front page.”

The RTS Network Presenter of the Year nominee has spent the year hot-footing it across America in pursuit of the new president.

“I didn’t call it for Trump,” she confesses. “I started in Texas following Ted Cruz. I went down to Florida, I followed Marco Rubio. I knew each of the candidates before we got to Trump.”

2016 in review: Welcome to the post-truth world

Zika

The first big story of the year was the Zika virus. It yielded moving pictures of troubled mothers and their babies, with malformed brains. It prompted near pandemonium, however, when speculation spread that it might disrupt the Olympic Games. 

There was also the continuing Ebola virus outbreak which had, in 2014, seen British servicemen and women come to the aid of folk in faraway places. That included the building of hospitals, which were staffed by brave medics, many taking time out from the NHS. 

Dave commissions new political satire

The comedy, titled Unspun With Matt Forde, is to feature interviews with leading political figures and will be recorded the day before airing to keep up with unfolding events in UK politics. 

Forde, who currently runs a weekly podcast called The Politicial Party with Matt Forde welcoming guests such as Nigel Farage and Alistair Campbell, will be joined by other stand-up comedians in reporting on stories of the week.