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BOOKtalk featuring Nick Davies

Is the news any good?

Or is it, as award winning journalist Nick Davies suggests, in his new book 'Flat Earth News' an increasingly lazy and mediocre distillation of prejudice, PR and outright fiction, churned out by overworked journalists in the service of proprietors with agendas of their own?

Nick Davies looks at what's gone wrong with modern reporting, examining increasingly sophisticated manipulation of the headlines by corporations and PR agencies, as well as the herd instinct and obsession with trivia that he says twist the news priorities of all the major media operations.

- Presenter Mark D'Arcy

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