From the BBC's recent Rule Britannia controversy to Tim Davies's introductory speech as its Director General, the news has certainly taken centre stage in recent weeks. But what goes on behind the scenes to make it all happen?

Find out in our selection of books on the media: half price until Friday 11 September!


Bad News, by Mark Pack

Bad News is a popular guide that helps you make sense of the news wherever it appears – print, broadcast or online. Peppered with examples from around the world, the book turns a serious subject into an enjoyable read. Learn, and be entertained!

Readers will discover all the tricks and techniques required to work out whether to trust a story based on an anonymous source, when big numbers are really small and when small numbers are really big.‚Äč But readers will also learn how ill-suited the news is to understanding and interpreting the modern world, even when it comes from honest journalists working for reputable outlets.

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The Noble Liar, by Robin Aitken

To some, it is the voice of the nation, yet to others it has never been clearer that the BBC is in the grip of an ideology that prevents it reporting fairly on the world.

This punchy polemic – now fully updated to cover the Corporation’s tortured relationship with the government and explore the challenges for the new Director-General – asks whether the BBC is a fair arbiter of the news or whether it is a conduit for pervasive and institutional liberal left-wing bias.

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Getting Out Alive, by Roger Mosey

One of the most respected figures in the broadcasting industry, Roger Mosey has taken senior roles at the BBC for more than twenty years.

In Getting Out Alive, Mosey reveals the hidden underbelly of the BBC, lifting the lid on the angry tirades from politicians and spin doctors, the swirling accusations of bias from left and right alike, and the perils of provoking Margaret Thatcher.

Engaging, candid and funny, Getting Out Alive is a true insider account of how the BBC works, why it succeeds and where it falls down.

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Breaking News, by Jeremy Thompson

From his early days covering rows over pet budgies for a local newspaper to reporting on the election of President Trump for Sky News, seasoned journalist Jeremy Thompson has seen it all.

In his sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining memoir, Thompson examine the cost of war, interspersing this with comic interludes and reflections of his time breaking the news.

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