Tag Archives: BBC

But it’s news… Some questions about Woolwich coverage

 I’ll be discussing questions about BBC TV’s news coverage of the horrific Woolwich street murder of a young soldier on Newswatch with the head of the BBC Newsroom, Mary Hockaday on Friday May 24th. This blog post lays out some … Continue reading

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Only connect: Charles Correa and the power of the empty centre

(Jun 18th 2015) I was saddened to hear the news of Charles Correa’s death. An international name who declared he was proudly an Indian architect first, I was fortunate to  interview him for Radio 3’s Night Waves in May  2013. … Continue reading

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From avenger to screamer: How Dr Who assistants remain trapped in time

The Reunion programme for Radio 4, produced by Peter Curran, recently brought together some of the original cast and crew of the first episode of Doctor Who. The first Dr Who team was notable for its diversity — Waris Hussein … Continue reading

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A child-sized gap in the TV schedules?

Children’s TV is on my mind this week as I’m chairing an event at the BFI Southbank on Saturday Feb 2nd with the original creator of Playschool,Jackanory and producer of Catweazle Joy Whitby. They’re screening several of her programmes and … Continue reading

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That Was Then, This Is Now – Satire from JFK to Savile

Last night I went to the British Film Institute’s celebration of 50 years of the breakthrough TV satire programme, That Was The Week That Was. (TW3). It featured many of the original cast, writers and modern satirists, and clips including … Continue reading

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The Politics of Spin: Beware the bland bomb

Image copyright & courtesy of www.barrydbulsara.com “I’m not sure it says government is crap,” said Armando Iannucci recently, of his political satire The Thick of It. “I think it says the people in government are crap.” Nowadays politicians and their … Continue reading

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BBC Bush: The House at the Centre of the Globe

To mark the closing of BBC’s Bush House, which sends out its final broadcast today, this is an updated memoir of growing up there in the 70s. Bush House, Aldwych: The centre of the universe My mother, Lalita Ahmed, used to freelance … Continue reading

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My secret playground in the Bush House Hindi section

News that the BBC is closing the shortwave service of the Hindi section to India has a special relevance for me. This is not a post about the decision.  The service will continue to be available on FM and via … Continue reading

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