London: Stonewall, 2010. 20 p.
TV remains the medium used by most of Britain's young people despite the predictions of its demise in an age of social media. Still watched by millions, it's helping shape shared social attitudes for decades to come. That's why Stonewall wanted to investigate the portrayal of gay people on TV. And it's why our researchers chose to examine not those programmes which broadcasters claim to be targeted at young people but those which are, in fact, most watched by them.Researchers monitored 20 TV programmes most popular with young people on BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five for a 16 week period. Researchers analysed the extent to which lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people were portrayed positively. In total, researchers analysed a sample of 126 hours, 42 minutes and 17 seconds of programmes. The research also used a series of focus groups with young people from across Britain to explore their views on the ways broadcasters portray gay people and on how this influences them.
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