Published: Sunday 15 August 2004

the Developing World UK

Tv coverage of the developing world has slumped to its lowest level in Britain since 1989, says research done by a coalition of aid charities.

The research, carried out for 3we (the Third World and Environment Broadcasting Project) by the University of Westminster, found that the decline in non-news factual programming about the developing world began in the early 1990s. The charities claim itv1 and Channel Five are failing in their public service commitments, while the coverage on the bbc is "alarmingly poor", reports The Guardian.

Since 2000-2001, there have been only 24 factual programmes about politics, development, the environment and human rights in developing countries. In the past year, itv1 did not show any programme on the same issues in developing countries. bbc1 broadcast only one.

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