Articles tagged bbc:

The BBC Must Redefine its Mission & Get on the Front Foot

  • 9 Mar 2020

About a month ago I was asked to contribute to an instant new book on the future of the BBC. Last week it was published by Bite-Sized Books as an eBook and £6.99 paperback, under the title Is the BBC Peril? Does it Deserve to be? Other contributors include John Simpson, Gillia...

Telegraph Column: The BBC Should Get on the Front Foot and Stop Navel Gazing

  • 7 Mar 2020

This article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 6 March 2020. The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, didn’t beat around the bush in his first major speech yesterday. He said the BBC must do more to reflect the country and avoid providing a “narrow urban outlook”. There must ...

Is the BBC in Peril? Does it Deserve to be?

  • 26 Feb 2020

  I've got a chapter in a new book, which is being published this week. It's all about the future shape of the BBC and contains contributions from all sorts of people with views on this important subject, including David Cox , Rob Wilson, Brian Winston, Jean Seaton, Ivo...

Wanted by the BBC: Professional Northerner

  • 26 Jan 2020

This article is an updated and amended version of a piece I wrote for ConservativeHome on Friday.   The latest madcap idea dreamt up in the corridors of power to prove that the BBC is in touch with the whole country is to despatch Nick Robinson to be Today's "Friend in t...

Telegraph Column: The BBC is trapped in a Remainer London bubble of its own making

  • 20 Dec 2019

This is an extended version of an article which first appeared in the Daily Telegraph "Adapt or die” is a maxim the BBC would do well to adopt if it is to survive the coming years. Following its questionable coverage of the general election, it is going through one of its o...

Telegraph Column: 'Question Time' Has Become a Bear Pit & Needs to Change

  • 11 Sep 2019

In 15 years of political TV punditry it had never occurred to me to walk out of a show, live on air. But it nearly happened on last Thursday’s Question Time. The thought flitted through my mind as, yet again, the other panellists talked over each other and I was barely ...

The Three Women of 'Newsnight'

  • 23 Mar 2019

This article originally appeared in The i Paper. “Where are the men?” was the somewhat tired and predictable response from the more unenlightened (male) social media users to the BBC announcement on Wednesday that Emily Maitlis is to lead a Newsnight presenter team of three...

What's Happening to BBC News & Current Affairs?

  • 16 Feb 2019

Let's go back to basics. What is the BBC for? What does 'public service broadcasting' actually mean? How does the BBC adapt to a world in which TV (not radio) audiences are on an apparently inexorable decline as young people consume their media via anything other than a TV scr...

In Praise of Michael Cockerell & Watch His (Almost) Entire Back Catalogue

  • 19 Jan 2019

I am a massive fan of Michael Cockerell. He's been on my TV screens reporting on political events and making superb documentaries for more than forty years. If I had to choose a list of people whose jobs I would like to have had, he would be very high on it. His style of docum...

David Dimbleby: Master of Question Time

  • 13 Dec 2018

Tonight marks the end of an era. One of the greatest broadcasters of our age, David Dimbleby, hosts his last Question Time, after 25 years in the job. I am a typical TV viewer. I hate change. I hated it whe Robin Day left the programme. I thought Peter Sissons was treat...