Articles tagged Media:

Who Will Be The New Sky News Political Editor?

  • 2 Feb 2014

This week applications close for the position of Sky News Political Editor. There has been much speculation about who the runners and riders are, with some ludicrous names being put forward by some of the betting companies to succeed Adam Boulton. I would say this is one of t...

Newsnight's Debate Was An Insult to Alex Crawford

  • 16 Jan 2014

I didn’t see Newsnight last night but while I was at Sky News Anna Jones told me Alex Crawford was on the programme discussing the merits of foreign news. “I’ll watch that in the morning,” I thought to myself. I rather I wish I hadn’t. What an appalling piece of broadcasting...

My EDP Column Is Dead - It Has Ceased To Be

  • 25 Nov 2013

For the last seven years I have been writing a column for the Eastern Daily Press, initially fortnightly but latterly every week. Any freelance columnist knows that at some point all good things come to an end, and for me that point was reached today. This morning I got a cal...

A Tribute to Sir David Frost

  • 1 Sep 2013

Sir David Frost, who died this morning, will go down in history as one of the greatest interviewers and journalists of his generation – perhaps of all time. His laconic style hid a forensic brain, determined to get to the truth. He didn’t believe in confrontation as a form o...

Why Is TV News So Obsessed With America?

  • 18 Apr 2013

The Boston bombing was of course a big news story. But if it had occurred in Jakarta or Seoul, would it have even been reported at all? Similarly, if a fertiliser plant in Malaysia, rather than Texas, had blown up, would it have rated a mention on the BBC or Sky? Our news broa...

Good Luck to Tim Montgomerie of The Times!

  • 6 Apr 2013

This weekend marks the end of an era.Tim Montgomerie leaves ConservativeHome and starts a new job as Comment Editor of The Times. Tim launched ConHome (as we now refer to it endearingly) back in 2005. Almost from Day One it acquired a degree of influence over the inner worki...

What's in a Label?

  • 6 Apr 2013

I’m sure the general reaction to what I am about to write will be ‘get over yourself’, or worse, but in the words of the Beautiful South, I’ll carry on regardless! Have you noticed that many people in public life, no matter what they have gone on to do, will never escape what...

Another Non Story - This Time It's Chuka Umunna's Turn for 'The Treatment'

  • 5 Apr 2013

On the back of the Osborne disabled parking story, I see we have another one today. Labour’s Chuka Umunna is being taken to task for comments he made about West End nightlife. This is what the Daily Mail said… In public he’s a hard-working man of the people, a rising star ...

And This is What Political Journalism Has Been Reduced To...

  • 4 Apr 2013

God I hate the Daily Mirror. Remember that post that I wrote a few weeks ago about falling out of love with politics? Well THIS story from the Daily Mirror is a perfect example of why no one in their right mind would want to be a politician. They are having a go at George Osbo...

Welcome to the Glenda Slagg School of Commentary

  • 24 Mar 2013

What an astonishing reaction there has been to Boris Johnson’s car crash of an interview with Eddie Mair this morning. It’s so typical of our ‘hero to zero’ society. In a way it’s rather pathetic. Some people are seriously positing that after that interview there is no way Bo...