Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Any real change?

Evidence that Newsround has been discarding feedback from older kids was first discovered and mentioned here in September 2006. At present it's not clear whether or not the 'policy' has been abandoned, though some messages from 14 and 15 year olds have made their way to Newsround's website since 11 January 2008. However, a study of 2007 press packers' TV reports confirms that Newsround is unwilling to give an equal voice to teenagers. It happens that today's press pack reporter, Laura from Gateshead, is 10.

The fact that teens felt completely let down was made abundantly clear to CBBC following a Newsround broadcast in May 2006 (See blog 13 May 2006).

Will the Corporation change its attitude? After all, it aims to reflect the population of modern Britain - through gender, age, ethnicity and cultural diversity, disability, faith and social background, and sexual orientation. Or so it says.

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