Over the past few years many historians have studied the relation between the media and politics partly because critics believe that journalists' influence on politics is increasing. The influence of the Journaal which has always attracted a (relatively) large number of viewers can not be ignored. This article considers therefore the development of the content and form of political broadcasting of the journaal over the last fifty years. Contrary to most researchers I have not used broadcasts of election campaigns as a case study. Instead this article focuses on reports about a number of government crises. Since being informed about the fall of one's government is at least as important in a democracy as being informed about election campaigns there is no reason why the analysis of broadcasts should always be limited to the latter. This research has led to the conclusion that the role of the journaal reporters has grown considerably over the last fifty years although this development was slow compared with other news programmes on television

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Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis

Gijsenbergh, Joris. (2005). Vijftig jaar crisis in het Journaal. De verslaggeving van kabinetscrises. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 8(2), 79–94. doi:10.18146/tmg.542