• Euroscepticism in the Berlusconi and Murdoch press

      Rowinski, Paul (Sage, 2014-10-14)
       A comparative analysis of Euroscepticism  explores what it means in two nations and what is then articulated in specific newspapers. The theoretical terrain, Italy’s and Britain’s post-war relationships with the European Union, the countries’ media structures and the specific context of Il Giornale  (owned by Silvio Berlusconi’s family) in Italy and The Times  in the United Kingdom (owned by Rupert Murdoch) are mapped out. Some 21 interviews were conducted with relevant journalists and politicians (including reporters covering Europe for the aforementioned) offering further context. A critical discourse analysis of news stories and commentaries then spans the last decade. Although there is some Euroscepticism  in Il Giornale , it has historically been localised, yet now seems to be growing in intensity. In The Times , however, the Euroscepticism  conveyed is more pervasive and deeper. Its fact-based  news can actually be very persuasive – ironically more akin to the commentary-laden news of Il Giornale  – as the debate looms ahead of the planned 2017 UK referendum on European Union membership.