Why children’s news matters: The case of CBBC Newsround in the UK

Cynthia Carter, Jeanette Steemers, Máire Messenger Davies

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There has never been a greater need for reliable, truthful news to help citizens navigate and assess the veracity of what they are reading and viewing, especially on social media. Widespread concerns around 'fake' news demonstrate an enduring requirement for curated and trustworthy children's news that addresses children as young citizens with certain rights. Drawing on recent UK events, we discuss the case for children's news provision by public service broadcasting (PSB) from a communication rights perspective by analyzing the BBC's 2019 plans to reduce the broadcast presence and originated hours of its flagship news service, Newsround, in favor of online distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-372
Number of pages21
JournalCommunication, The European Journal of Communication Research
Issue number3
Early online date11 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021


  • BBC
  • Children's news
  • Children's rights
  • Newsround
  • public service broadcasting


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