Summary of House of Lords investigative and scrutiny committee activity in 2018–19 Contents

Chapter 6: Communicating more widely


119.Committee communications play a major role in communicating about the work of the House more generally. Committee activity can be far removed from the traditional image of the House at work. In 2018–19 Committees continued to receive widespread print and broadcast media coverage, most of it positive.

Media coverage

120.The period between 16 April 2018–30 April 2019 saw 3,347 articles or broadcast features about House of Lords Select Committees, including 276 articles relating to domestic committees.

121.Of those articles 3,047 were positive, 251 were neutral and 49 were negative. The coverage included 1,436 items of broadcast coverage, 627 articles in national print media, 570 in regional print media, 358 in specialist trade publications, 56 in consumer titles, and 147 on political websites. Broadcast coverage includes some repeat broadcasts, for example when a committee session is broadcast on BBC Parliament it is often repeated later in the week.

122.These totals only include coverage picked up by the press cuttings service used by Parliament. This only includes cuttings from a small number of websites (news websites that do not have a print version—BBC Online, The Independent, Huffington Post etc). It is likely to underestimate the full level of coverage.

123.The media outlets covering Lords Committees most regularly during the period were The Times (80 articles), The Yorkshire Post (55 articles), The Daily Telegraph (53 articles), BBC News Channel (51 features), BBC News Website (50 articles) and The Independent website (49 articles).

124.The leading investigative committees in terms of incidence of coverage were:

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