Network News report

Ofcom commissioned Professor Stephen Cushion of Cardiff University and Dr Richard Thomas of Swansea University to carry out this in-depth independent analysis (PDF, 2.3 MB), looking at how well UK network news providers report devolved policy issues on television and online.

The study focuses on reporting of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with different approaches to public health policy taken in the four nations of the UK. It looks at television news bulletins broadcast on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News, as well as the UK news websites on BBC, ITV and Sky News over a four-week period in summer 2021.

It also seeks to build a broader picture about the range of devolved topics covered in TV and online network news bulletins, and how the issues that matter to the people living in different parts of the UK are represented.

Reporting the nations and devolved issues on network news: An analysis of television and online coverage (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Adrodd ar y gwledydd a materion datganoledig ar newyddion rhwydwaith: (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Annex 1: Research team credentials and coding details (PDF, 146.4 KB)

Annex 2: Case studies (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Annex 3: News Consumption Data (PDF, 334.1 KB)