Saturday, March 7, 2015


Good to see former BBC DDG Mark Byford and the Candle of Journalism out and about this week.

Mark was guest editor for Winchester News Online's regular Wednesday live bulletin, produced by the university's journalism students.

The edition featured Labour's plan to cut student fees, Winchester's first Pride march, a call for faster trains from London to Winchester, concerns about affordable housing in Winchester, and the Winchester baker who's made the world's most expensive pasty.

As well as mainstream political stories, the programme revealed that Ray Hall, leader of local fringe party Beer, Baccy and Crumpet, has been told by the Electoral Commission that crumpet could be "demeaning to women" and must be changed if he is to appear on ballot papers in the General Election. Ray thinks "crumpets" might be the solution. There were no claims of "exclusive" - the story also made BBC News and the national press.

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