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    Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

Where next for the (broadcast) political interview? David Dimbleby looks back and forward

It all went wrong with the introduction of the sofa. Once politicians had the option of a cozy chat with comfy pillows, then the gladiatorial combat of the traditional broadcast interview was dead.

That is the core message from David Dimbleby’s thoughtful lecture on the art of the political interview, given to celebrate the 90th birthday of the psephology legend […]

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George Entwistle is gone but how to rebuild confidence in the BBC?

The fact that George Entwistle has resigned is good news for the BBC – although a personally devastating decision for one honourable individual.* The real problem at the BBC right now is not trust, it’s confidence. In the long-term trust in the BBC will resume its normally high levels and it deserves that. There is much excellent output from the […]

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November 10th, 2012|Journalism|3 Comments|

The BBC, Savile, Panorama and Newsnight: closed system, closed minds?

I don’t know them personally, but I am sure the BBC managers from Peter Rippon upwards are all well-intentioned and able people. But their defensive, closed-ranks approach to the long-term Savile scandal and the short-term Newsnight blunder shows that they have been institutionally incompetent. They are not alone. We’ve seen it across other organisations – including Parliament – which have […]

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October 22nd, 2012|Journalism|2 Comments|