Sunday, September 25, 2016


Lots of slightly bitter flavours in the papers, with people revealing long-held distastes for others, to sell books - in particular Sir Craig Oliver and Jeremy Paxman (not necessarily mutual).

More quietly, BBC News boss James Harding says the Corporation's hands are clean on coverage of the Euro referendum. I hope there's a less defensive view inside the News division. This was a UK campaign largely covered by journalists from London, who love party splits, rows, spats and confrontation. The W1 view of the wider country spent more time with drone cameras and vox pops, than analysing the issues behind the changing political landscape, and identifying the drivers of disaffection.  A news organisation with as many antennae as the BBC shouldn't have left us as surprised on the night.

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