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Election Special 2019: Dorothy Byrne on trust, TV and 'unaccountable' politicians

As this year’s general election campaign draws to a close, is it true you can’t turn on a television programme without hearing from a politician eager to secure your vote? On the surface it looks like our leaders are being held to account like never before. The major party leaders have had to answer questions about their plans for the economy, the health service and most of all Brexit.

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But at times it has seemed that what voters want to know about is not just what policies that politicians are offering – but their own personal integrity, even if they try to dodge that question. So what role does television have to play then in helping voters to understand what is at stake in this election?

Dorothy Byrne

In today’s episode we talk to Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs at Channel 4 News. She made waves with this years’ MacTaggart lecture when she accused party leaders of being cowards for not holding themselves up for scrutiny. In her new book Trust Me I’m Not a Politician she talks about the need for journalists to help restore faith in democracy.

Dorothy Byrne

Presented by: Dr. Glenda Cooper and Dr. Lindsey Blumell

Produced by: Atina Dimitrova

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