Boyle K (2018) Hiding in Plain Sight: Gender, Sexism & Press Coverage of the Jimmy Savile Case. Journalism Studies, 19 (11), pp. 1562-1578. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2017.1282832
In 2012 – less than 12 months after his death – TV personality Jimmy Savile was revealed to have been a prolific sexual abuser of children and young adults, mainly girls and women. This study advances research on the gendering of violence in news discourse by examining press coverage in the period leading up to Savile’s unmasking. It investigates the conditions in which Savile’s predatory behaviour – widely acknowledged in his lifetime – finally became recast as (child sexual) abuse. Specifically, it challenges the gender-blind analyses of media coverage which have typified academic responses to date, arguing that Savile’s crimes – and the reporting of them – need to be understood in the broader context of everyday sexism: a contemporary, as well as an historic, issue.
Jimmy Savile; news; journalism; gender; child sexual abuse; gender-based violence
Journalism Studies: Volume 19, Issue 11
|Publication date online||03/02/2017|
|Date accepted by journal||03/02/2017|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|