Category: “Media

Did the live TV coverage really have to focus so much on the violence?

Posted on 27 March 2011 | 11:03am

I was at a conference most of yesterday, at a dinner in the evening and so missed both the march and most of the coverage. Fiona kept me in touch with a few text messages, mainly saying how big the crowds were and how good the mood. When I did catch the odd glimpse either […]

Farewell to the Grid Man

Posted on 23 March 2011 | 9:03am

Thoughts on Jamie’s Dream School

Posted on 22 March 2011 | 5:03pm

Preparing to present for LBC

Posted on 21 March 2011 | 7:03pm

Labour must not let Lansley get away with burying good news on the NHS – and other media double standards

Posted on 20 March 2011 | 12:03pm

It’s fascinating to watch liberal commentators say how blindingly obvious it is that military action should be taken to deal with a fascist dictator killing his own people (aka Gaddafi) … in many instances the same liberal commentators who remain so angry at the action taken to deal with a fascist dictator who had been […]

Britain least convinced of EU countries of need for massive cuts

Posted on 14 March 2011 | 11:03am

It says something for the insularity of the UK media that The Guardian makes such a big deal of the idea of special reports from our European neighbours. Too often, the editor rightly says, the countries of Europe are reported purely in terms of their relations with Britain. This was something of a bugbear of […]

On the perils of shorthand and/or mumbling and/or not fully explaining

Posted on 13 March 2011 | 11:03am

I don’t know for sure that Euan Ferguson of the Observer does teeline (the form of shorthand in which I was once, many years ago, 120 words a minute proficient). But I think he might. Either that or I mumble – I know I do sometimes, but I thought I was speaking reasonably carefully when […]

Is it such a bad thing that London is PR capital of the world?

Posted on 12 March 2011 | 8:03am

Phil Stephens had a very measured column in the FT last week about the fact that UK PR companies always seemed to be on hand to help less democratic countries than ours with a bit of image advice. I hold no particular candle for the PR industry, but I do quite like it when the […]

Fred Goodwin superinjunction underlines need for Parliament not media or judges to decide policy in this area

Posted on 11 March 2011 | 9:03am

A few weeks ago I took part in a discussion at one of the big internet companies on something called ‘the right to be forgotten.’ The notion – which the giants of the web are not terribly keen on – is that information on the web, even if you put it there yourself, can be […]

Dream School has convinced me we need more not less politics teaching in schools

Posted on 8 March 2011 | 11:03am

As I know from living with a virtually full-time State schools campaigner, education arouses enormous passions and very strong views. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Jamie Oliver’s Dream School idea has attracted so much publicity and debate. Challenging kids plus ‘celebs’ plus stereotypes (some promoted, some challenged), plus a decent marketing […]