Are you an American looking for international news? For journalism whose ancestry is public service and not greedy corporations who run their industry into the ground? Then you’ll likely see where Dougie Bicket and I are coming from in our hot-off-the-academic presses (academic and hot, an oxymoron?) article, BBC News in the U.S.: A “Super-Alternative” News Medium Emerges, just published in Media, Culture & Society.
We argue that a powerful hybrid BBC is emerging in the United States, which is
- Serving as a ‘super-alternative’ news/information source
- Carrying an aura of credibility that sets it apart from much US mainstream news
- Holding a reputation for honesty and integrity
- Working independently from US political forces
It’s an attractive package for many US news consumers and, potentially, a powerful combination for influencing US public opinion.