Saturday, January 17, 2015

How news and politics works

Two established political hands at play. Lord Patten was a guest on R4's Week In Westminster, transmitted at 1100am Saturday. Freed from the constraints of his role as BBC Trust Chair, he offered campaigning advice to the man who got him that job, David Cameron.

On leader debates, he said he would never have advised taking part in the first place, and now they're hard to get out of. On Cameron's rivals: "I wouldn't be worried about the Farage factor; I'd be much more worried about the platform it gives Ed Miliband."

The host of this pre-recorded programme, the FT's George Parker, manages to get the story in Saturday's print edition, Nine hours later, it's picked up by BBC News.

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