Articles tagged bbc:

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...

'Politics Live' - The New Kid on the Political Media Block

  • 14 Sep 2018

News junkies are conservative beasts. Whether it’s radio presenters moving to a different slot (!) or political TV shows being axed and then reincarnated, listeners and viewers tend to be very suspicious of change. They jump to conclusions before the first show has even been t...

So What's It Like To Be On Question Time?

  • 21 Apr 2018

So, what was it like? That’s the question I’ve been asked a lot over the last 36 hours. Everyone wants to know what it was like to be a guest on BBC’s Question Time. Well, on Thursday I appeared on it for the first time. I’d done ANY QUESTIONS on Radio 4 quite a few times, but...

The BBC Cuts: Hit The Weakest Where It Hurts

  • 8 Oct 2011

Anyone would think someone had died. No, it was just the screams emanating from the BBC once reality had set in and the BBC management announced how it was implementing its 20 per cent cuts. In typical BBC fashion they have gone for the soft targets and put off the difficult d...

Hanging up on BBC London

  • 22 Mar 2010

I don't normally go on BBC Radio London, and my experience just now reminds me why. I've always been taught that as a radio presenter, if a guest hangs up on you, it reflects very badly on you. You've clearly failed to control the interview. I was invited on to Eddy Nest...

Iain 1 Yasmin 1

  • 17 Jan 2010

I know how you all love it when I mention Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, so here goes. On the BBC News Channel paper review last night she talked about Jenni Russell's article in the Sunday Times on class. Here's how the exchange went...   YAB: "We had a funny kind of statement fro...