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Election 2010: how telly let us down

The 24-hour news cycle and the televised leadership debates have reduced politics to numbers and soundbites. You'll learn more about Britain today from the BBC's new sitcom

By David Herman   April 2010

Has British television coverage of any election been as good as 2010? It’s tempting to say it hasn’t. The first two leadership debates were hugely successful. The level of economic analysis by Paul Mason on Newsnight, Jeff Randall on Sky News and Stephanie Flanders and Robert Peston on the BBC has been better than at any previous election; set-piece interviews have been good to excellent, with Andrew Neil top of the pile. Unlike the Tory press, which has disgraced itself yet again with the Clegg Nazi (non)story, television coverage has been largely impartial; fair but tough. Yet all is not…

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