Radio Times Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Radio Times in the Middle category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Radio Times is a British weekly magazine with radio, TV and streaming listings, film reviews, entertainment interviews, sports and lifestyle articles. Founded in 1923 as a venture of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), it is now owned by the Immediate Media Company. The magazine and website is based in London and also has six regional editions covering England, Wales, Scotland and North Ireland. The magazine has a circulation of approximately 500,000 per issue, and the website records 14.2 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Radio Times according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.73

Bias: 0.00

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Meet the cast of The Princess Switch: Switched Again, Netflix’s Christmas film sequel 0 43
The Princess Switch: Switched Again soundtrack – all the songs from the Netflix sequel 0 43.33
When is Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square on Netflix? 0 44.67
How to watch the Alien and Predator movies in order 0 41.67
EastEnders’ police plot is the perfect soap timebomb for Callum and Ben 0 36.67
Full list of contestants, new arrivals - Radio Times 0 46.67
Jamie Laing earns his highest Strictly score yet with street dance routine 0 34
How to watch UFC 255 – live stream and TV channel for Figueiredo v Perez 0 45
Meet Jamie Laing – Strictly Come Dancing 2020 contestant and Made in Chelsea star 0 39.67
Meet Maisie Smith from EastEnders - Radio Times 0 40.33
Line of Duty’s Martin Compston reveals filming has wrapped on “superb” season 6 0 42
Caroline Quentin raises Strictly judges’ eyebrows as she licks Johannes during dance 0 35.67
Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse makes special appearance as it’s confirmed she’ll return next week 0 37.67
Exclusive – The Crown’s Gillian Anderson reveals nerves about debuting her Margaret Thatcher voice 0 38.67
Great British Bake Off’s latest eliminated contestant “didn’t like the judging process” 0 27

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