Does the British Royal Family get too much media attention?
The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge led to a media frenzy.
There are simple reasons why some British newspapers have so much royal coverage.
Transmitted 10 December 2012. Posted 9 April 2013. Updated 29 May 2022
A few months ago, while the Duchess of Cambridge was in hospital due to her pregnancy, a spoof call by two Australian TV presenters was followed by the death of nurse Jacinda Saldanha. On 10 December 2012 the Islam Channel's "Politics and Media Show" discussed "Should Will and Kate get so much media attention?" However the video has only become available on the internet relatively recently.
The presenter was John Rees and the participants were:
Tom Mills, investigative researcher with the New Left Project
Dr Nasar Meer, Director of Centre for Civil Society and citizenship at Northumbria University (appearing by telephone)
The 24 minute discussion was wide ranging. Amongst the questions addressed were:
Should royal news get more prominence than "hard news" about British and overseas issues?
Is the Royal baby story being over-reported and serving as a royalist PR coup?
Does royal reporting serve to normalise the political status quo?
Is the media just giving the public what it wants?
Why do some newspapers have far more royal coverage than others?
Why do republicans get so little media coverage?
Are British Muslims more or less royalist than the rest of the population?
Is the royal family popular because the public distrusts politicians?
You can watch the programme below. [Unfortunately since this page was created, the video has changed status and can no longer be watched. I have left the page up in case it becomes available again in future.]
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