Election campaigns and television news coverage: the case of the 2001 Australian election

David Denemark, I. Ward, C. Bean

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Abstract

This paper examines the patterns of television news coverage of the political parties, their leaders and the, issues they raised during the 2001 Australian federal election campaign. By focusing on some issues, parties and leaders, television has long been argued to constrain voters' evaluations. We find that television news coverage in the 2001 Australian election campaign focused primarily on international issues, especially terrorism and asylum seekers, and on the two major parties-virtually to the exclusion of coverage of the minor parties and their leaders. Within the major party 'two-horse race', television gave substantially more coverage to the leaders than to the parties themselves, thereby sustaining what some have called a 'presidential'- style political contest. John Howard emerged as the winner in the leaders' stakes, garnering more coverage than Labor's Kim Beazley.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-109
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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