England's right wing provocateurs, radio stations, and TV channels
May 24, 2017 6:11 PM   Subscribe

In The US, Rush Limbaugh is #1 on the radio, and, until recently, Bill O'Reilly was #1 on TV. Fox News is by far the most watched cable "news" channel. And a host of gadflies--Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulous, etc--are regulars on the best-seller list and lecture circuit. Does England, and/or the UK writ-large, have right-wing media personalities and outlets on par (in terms of popularity and influence) with the United States Where do the English Defense League, UKIP, and Britain First turn for self-validating groupthink?

posted by BadgerDoctor to Society & Culture (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Katie Hopkins
posted by goshling at 8:10 PM on May 24, 2017 [3 favorites]

Hopkins is definitely the main one. You've also got people like Kelvin Mackenzie, Jeremy Clarkson, Nigel Farage (who has a radio show on LBC).

Where do the English Defense League, UKIP, and Britain First turn for self-validating groupthink?

Tommy Robinson's output, Britain First make their own, Prison Planet, Breitbart UK, Westmonster. Your more mainstream and older UKIP voter almost certainly still reads actual newspapers, probably the Mail or the Express.
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:02 AM on May 25, 2017

ConservativeHome. I won't link. UKIP Daily. I won't link.
posted by parmanparman at 12:45 AM on May 25, 2017

The Daily Mail serves this purpose for a mainstream middle-class audience, under the guise of long-standing "respectability" of print media. The working class equivalent is The Sun. Both have online presence also, obviously, and both eagerly provide platforms for the people named already. Don't know what's happened to Melanie Phillips lately? She used to be the Katie Hopkins figure, I guess she was out-done. Does Richard Littlejohn still exist?

The equivalents are less obvious in broadcast media, I guess because the range of providers is still very different in UK vs. US. But the tabloid press generally drags all broadcast media to the right, where they chase it in the interests of "balance".
posted by rd45 at 1:38 AM on May 25, 2017 [1 favorite]

In some ways BBC's Question Time fulfils the mainstream broadcast slot for RW personalities spouting dog-whistle racism.
posted by kariebookish at 2:03 AM on May 25, 2017 [2 favorites]

There's the Spectator, which is kind of a UK version of National Review.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:20 AM on May 25, 2017

The UK still has impartiality regulations that apply to over-the-air and cable services. News has to strictly abide by the due impartiality rules in all cases but there is a relaxation to allow for programmes that express a particular view as long as over a series of programmes (for national stations) or a station as a whole (for local radio) impartiality can be shown. That's how LBC can employ Nigel Farage but claim balance because they also have James O'Brien. The News Corp owned talkRADIO is similar.

There hasn't really been much lobbying to change this like there was in the US with the Fairness Doctrine. Internet services probably provide enough of an outlet now for those who want to escape the rules, though attempts at commercial Internet radio stations on the lines of US right-wing talk radio, such as News Corp's SunTalk, have been audience and financial flops.
posted by kerplunk at 4:20 AM on May 28, 2017

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