Media: The Word on the Street
Tuesday 07 December 1999
A TRADITIONAL interviewer's question to the Secretary of State for Media, Culture and Sport - "What's your favourite TV programme?" - can now be answered. Chris Smith has written to the BBC's director general, Sir John Birt, telling him how much he liked BBC1's Kosovo war drama Warriors, and urging him to make more programmes like it. Only problem is, that would mean Britain getting involved in another war - a bit much to ask, even to keep the Culture Secretary a contented viewer.
THE GUARDIAN yesterday profiled the TV gardener/ cook and bon viveur Monty Don. He and his wife "are how we'd all like to be", writes interviewer Sabine Durrant, admiring his good taste and "huge, scrubbed kitchen table". And we won't argue with that; on the huge, scrubbed kitchen table in The Guardian's photograph is a copy of The Independent.
NEWSPAPERS ARE always searching for new ways to woo women readers. The Daily Telegraph's approach is - sheer, unadulterated flattery. In last Friday's issue the deputy editor, Sarah Sands, described the female Telegraph reader as "capable, charitable, courageous, unfussy, good fun". Come now. Don't sell them short. Surely slim, sexy and kind to animals as well.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
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Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: What we know about JJ Abrams' film
Exodus Gods and Kings casting controversy: Ridley Scott would never cast 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
The Fall, series 2, episode 3 – TV review: The Gillian Anderson drama is starting to push the realms of plausibility, but who cares?
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police