Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the category “Radio”

Can Democracy Survive the Internet?

The internet was at one stage hailed as a major democratic tool – allowing us “voters” to have a direct input into the democratic purpose (beyond that of putting an “X” on a piece of paper every few years).

But now we are not so sure. Read more…


Keeping the Last Colony?

So the colonial masters have finally decided that they need to visit and tell the rebels that it is “just not on”.

If you want to persuade Scots that they should stay in the UK, you don’t at the last minute send in a triple pack of English Politicians to represent the old order. Read more…

Language Battles: BBC

I have commented previously about this Government’s strategy of fighting the language battle before introducing political change (Language Battles) and predicted that the next battle-grounds over areas to be “softened up” were likely to be Europe, Migration and the NHS. Listening to Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (Wednesday 9 October 2013), I think I may have missed a target. Read more…

“We should do everything possible to avoid …”

I get tired of the lazy response of some politicians and commentators after any outrage.

“We should do everything possible to prevent terrorism”. Everything possible? Well an internal security service that would put East Germany and the old Soviet Union to shame would be a start.

“We should do everything possible to prevent children being harmed by paedophiles”. Everything possible? Well for a start you can castrate every male at puberty (having taken any samples necessary to ensure the continuation of the race).

“We should do everything possible to ensure that we have a competitive economy”. Everything? Child Labour – or even slave labour will make us more competitive. So will abolishing most (if not all) of the welfare state.

Even if you do everything possible, outrages can (and will) still happen and desired outcomes will not happen.  But what will we have given up? Read more…

Biased BBC

“A letter from a reader”

Dear Sir,

I am apoplectic, so apoplectic that I feel I should write to you even during the broadcast of the Queen’s Coronation Anniversary Service.  What does the BBC think it is up to? Read more…

Going over the top – a example of multi-channel broadcasting

The Thatcher Funeral was covered live on:

  • BBC1, (The “National TV Channel” must show “national events”)
  • BBC HD (“Because they can”)
  • BBC News Channel, (The “News Channel” must show this “News Event” in full to the exclusion of all else)
  • BBC Red Button, (The “out of schedule” facility must show this “out of schedule event”)
  • BBC Radio4, FM and LW (The “National Radio Channel” must cover “national events”)
  • BBC Radio 5Live (This is a live event so they must cover it)
  • BBC on-line (for those away from TV and Radio transmissions – even iPlayer).  Read more…

Ding Dong ( © Leslie Thomas )

BBC Newswatch (12 April 2013 20:45 News Channel): Two viewers commenting on Thatcher coverage – one from Glasgow and one from Tunbridge Wells.  This is getting beyond satire!

From Glasgow complaining about sycophantic reporting; from Tunbridge Wells disgusted about lack of respect!

In respect of the Munchkins’ song, Auntie appears to have her knickers in a twist (homage to Leslie Thomas – ding dong!)

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“Could not have been reasonably foreseen”

The above was part of the statement made by a clearly upset CEO of the company that owns Sydney radio station 2Day FM.  I do not wish to heap further condemnation on him for his reaction to recent events, but in his statement he may have highlighted the problem which people like him need to address.

In a few months time this may have all blown over – personally I hope not – so in summary:

  • Whilst the Duchess of Cambridge was in hospital, two DJs working for 2Day FM made a prank call early in the (UK) morning to the Hospital pretending to be the Queen asking about her Grand-daughter-in-law.
  • Because it was outside reception hours, the call was answered by a duty nurse who was taken in by the call and passed it on to the nurse caring for the Duchess who then revealed details about a patient’s medical condition. (BBC News Website 5 December 2012)
  • The call was recorded and then considered by the radio station’s management who then authorised the broadcasting of the call and the private medical details. (BBC News Website 8 December 2012)
  • The nurse who originally took the call has been found dead in her accommodation. (BBC News Website 7 December 2012)

We could say this is just a juvenile prank gone wrong, but this chain of events is more than that. Read more…

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