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British Politics and the Media - Introduction
Who are the Media?
British Politics and the Press
A Partisan Press
British Politics and the Tabloid Press
British Politics and Media Ownership
British Politics and Media Self Regulation
The Leveson Inquiry and Regulation
Actions after Leveson
British Politics and the Cinema Newsreel
British Politics and the Radio
British Politics and the Television
British Politics and the Internet
The Advantages of New Media
Media Effects Theory - Direct Effects
Media Effects Theory - Minimal Effects
Media Effects Theory - Long Term Effects
About Medium Theory
About Constructivism
Constructivism, Media and Society
Structuralism and Critical Theory
Feminist Theory and the Media
Political Communication - Introduction
Political Communication - National and Direct
Political Communication - Local and Direct
Politicians and the Media - Their Relationship
The First Phase of Political Communication
The Second Phase of Political Communication
Political Communication - The Leader's Debates 2010 and 2015
The Third Phase of Political Communication
British Politics and the Media - Introduction
Who are the Media?
British Politics and the Press
A Partisan Press
British Politics and the Tabloid Press
British Politics and Media Ownership
British Politics and Media Self Regulation
The Leveson Inquiry and Regulation
Actions after Leveson
British Politics and the Cinema Newsreel
British Politics and the Radio
British Politics and the Television
British Politics and the Internet
The Advantages of New Media
Media Effects Theory - Direct Effects
Media Effects Theory - Minimal Effects
Media Effects Theory - Long Term Effects
About Medium Theory
About Constructivism
Constructivism, Media and Society
Structuralism and Critical Theory
Feminist Theory and the Media
Political Communication - Introduction
Political Communication - National and Direct
Political Communication - Local and Direct
Politicians and the Media - Their Relationship
The First Phase of Political Communication
The Second Phase of Political Communication
Political Communication - The Leader's Debates 2010 and 2015
The Third Phase of Political Communication
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British Politics and the Cinema Newsreel 

The first cinema newsreel was produced in London in 1910 and two a week were produced for cinemas across the country and for the first time the majority of the population were able to watch national  politicians and, after sound was introduced in 1929, to hear them.

The nature of newsreels was generally light hearted with extensive coverage of sport, celebrities and royalty and they also provided people with images of the various parts of the British Empire. 

By the 1930s, produced by five competing companies, they were typically ten minutes long and, despite left wing criticism that they gave no coverage to industrial relations, they were following the dramatic political events of the 1930s.  

They were generally pro-Government and presented the view that Britain was prepared for war, if necessary, but showed some recognition of the dangerous militarism of Hitler and Mussolini.  

The Conservative Party recognised their importance and Movietone news, owned by Lord Rothermere, was  more favourable to the Conservatives, while Chamberlain’s attempt to agree a peace settlement with Hitler at Munich was carefully stage managed with cheering crowds on the way to and from the airport. 

The realisation by 1940 that Britain was clearly not prepared, led to a new cynicism about news coverage by a public previously ready to accept it at face value and Pathe News adjusted to the post-war situation by giving more favourable coverage of the Labour Government. 

By the 1960s the cinema newsreels were unable to match television’s ability to present news as it happened and the last one was shown in 1970.

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