‘Roving Vultures’. Television News and the Outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Doherty, M.A. 2019. ‘Roving Vultures’. Television News and the Outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

Title‘Roving Vultures’. Television News and the Outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland
TypeJournal article
AuthorsDoherty, M.A.
Abstract

Almost exactly fifty years ago, an illegal Civil Rights march in Londonderry in Northern Ireland was broken up by the local police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Hitherto, Northern Ireland, although a constituent part of the UK kingdom, was an unknown quantity for most British people, who knew or cared little about its endemic sectarian problems, and its one-sided and discriminatory system of government. Had the march taken place in 1958 rather than 1968, it very likely would be remained only an item of local interest and controversy. However, the presence in 1968 of three television crews, who recorded what transpired, meant that the problems of the Province were cruelly exposed, leading to a spiral of violence known as ‘the Troubles’ which would cost the lives of some 3,600 people in the succeeding decades.

KeywordsMedia; the Troubles, Northern Ireland, Civil Rights, Television, Violence
JournalHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
ISSN0143-9685
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis

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