The BBC's Irish troubles: Television, conflict and Northern Ireland by Robert J. SavageThe BBC's Irish troubles: Television, conflict and Northern Ireland by Robert J. Savage

The BBC's Irish troubles: Television, conflict and Northern Ireland

byRobert J. Savage

Paperback | March 15, 2017

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This book explores how news and information about the conflict in Northern Ireland was disseminated through the most accessible, powerful and popular form of media: television. It focuses on the BBC and considers how its broadcasts complicated the "Troubles" by challenging decisions, policiesand tactics developed by governments trying to defeat a stubborn insurgency that threatened national security. The book uses a wide array of highly original sources to consider how Britain's public service broadcaster upset the efforts of a number of governments to control the narrative of a conflict that claimed over 3,500 lives and caused deep emotional scarring to thousands of citizens in NorthernIreland, Britain and the Irish Republic. Using recently released archival material from the BBC and a variety of government archives the book addresses the contentious relationship between broadcasting officials, politicians, the army, police and civil service from the outbreak of violencethroughout the 1980s.
Robert J. Savage is Professor of the Practice of History at Boston College.
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Title:The BBC's Irish troubles: Television, conflict and Northern IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:152611688X

ISBN - 13:9781526116888

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"Robert Savage has written a richly detailed history of the BBC's 'Irish Troubles', a story of how a sometimes calculated self-censorship functioned before the British government made it official in 1988." --Niall Meehan, Head of the Journalism and Media Faculty in Griffith College Dublin, History Ireland November-December 2015 Vol 23, No 6