Coverage of politics in Wiadomości TVP1 after the parliamentary elections in 2015: balanced or biased?


Existence of free media is one of the most important feature of democratic system. Since the collapse of the communist system in 1990s, Central and Eastern European societies have been overtaken by a process of change. Media system change was part of the general process of what may be called systemic social transformation. The main goals of free media in Central and Eastern European were: introduction and legitimization of the concepts of democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism as much as concepts of political pluralism, competition and new political parties and candidates as legitimate competitors. Unfortunately in post-communist countries media have not yet reached a state of full independence from the current interests of political parties.

In this study there is case of Poland analyzed. After Polish parliamentary election in 2015 there have been changes in public television. The article presents the results of media content analysis of “Wiadomości” TVP1. In first research there is comparison how “Wiadomości” and “Fakty” coverage the same political events. In second research there is comparison how “Wiadomości” coverage politics in 2015 and after parliamentary election in 2015. The purpose of the research was to evaluate if the politics coverage became more balanced or more biased.


Key words:

media bias, coverage of politics, content analysis, eastern European media

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Published : 2017-12-20

KlepkaR. (2017). Coverage of politics in Wiadomości TVP1 after the parliamentary elections in 2015: balanced or biased?. Political Preferences, (17). Retrieved from

Rafał Klepka
Pedagogical University of Cracow  Poland
doktor nauk politycznych, adiunkt na Uniwersytecie Pedagogicznym w Krakowie, zainteresowania naukowe: sposoby prezentowania wybranych procesów politycznych przez media, komunikowanie polityczne, wpływ mediów na zachowania wyborcze.

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