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All Change for TV Politics

It seems that the way the main TV channels present political news to us is about to change. For starters, ITV have said that they plan to move Robert Peston’s political show from Sunday morning to a new late night midweek slot. Then the BBC announced that it was making radical changes to both The […]

What Happened to the Silly Season?

In the not too distant past the summer months were known in media circles as the “silly season”. There wasn’t much serious news happening, so newspapers were full of stories about talented pets and oddly shaped vegetables. For those of us working in PR it was a godsend as it was much easier than normal […]

The Last Refuge

If England had lost to Colombia last night, how many national newspapers in Germany do you think would have carried England’s World Cup exit as their lead story this morning? The answer I strongly suspect is none.  Yet last week the English media was going way overboard in the way in which it gleefully rejoiced […]

Shooting the Messenger

I’ve just finished reading If Only They Didn’t Speak English, BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel’s amusing and informative account of the first 12 months of the Trump White House. Also, at the weekend I watched the first episode of Reporting Trump’s First Year: The Fourth Estate which looks at how the New York Times […]

Question Time

There is no question that the big media story of the past week has been the announcement that David Dimbleby is retiring as host of Question Time after almost 25 years in the job. Question Tine has become something of a national institution since it was first broadcast on BBC One back in 1979 with […]

Game Show Hosts and Politicians

While I was driving home the other day I tuned into an oldies station, not unlike the wonderful Forever FM on Peter Kay’s Car Share. Listening to Sting’s If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, I was struck by the line “ You could say I’d lost my belief in our politicians. They all […]

Being Anti Social

I read an article in the CIPR’s Influence magazine this week about the social media habits of the UK. The story, which was based on research by OnePoll, didn’t really tell me anything that I didn’t know already, but sometimes it can be reassuring to have your opinions validated by a third party. The survey […]