“There is no place on the BBC for casual and gratuitous use of the most offensive language without clear editorial justification,” BBC Trust chairman Michael Lyons, after letting Jonathan Ross off without further punishment.
Radio Five Live is about to announce a shake-up in its morning schedule that will give Nicky Campbell an even greater prominence as the network’s senior presenter. From January, Campbell will remain on air for a further hour, until 10am. The change reflects new controller Adrian van Klaveren’s view that Brits are altering their work patterns and that many listeners, some of them still driving into work, find a 9am cut-off for Nicky too abrupt. Read more on Van Klaveren’s plans for making his mark on Five Live in an exclusive interview on these pages next week.
Too Liddle too late
After agreeing to appear in a Telegraph.co.uk video series, Rod Liddle appears to be having second thoughts. Simon Heffer, his adversary in ‘Heffer and Liddle Unleashed’, is so far to the right of the Tory party that he’s “having to stick up for Conservative politicians.” Liddle admits he failed to defend George Osborne, but is blaming ‘Telegraph’ bias. “Heffer won the first one because they cut out too much of the stuff I was saying. He’s at the Telegraph and I’m not.”
Congratulations to Ali and Ghadir Razuki, the founders of that Antipodean institution ‘TNT magazine’, which is celebrating 25 years of giving Brit-based Aussies and Kiwis news of what’s happening down under. The thing is, Ali and Ghadir, who were 18 and 22 at the time, are not Aussies at all, but Iraqi refugees, whose family were targeted by Saddam Hussein but escaped across the western Iraqi desert. Then the boys started hanging about with Aussies. Ali says: “There’s an enthusiasm that I find British people don’t have.” Suit yourself.
Let us pray
If the economy leaves you wanting to get down on your knees, then there’s an ideal opportunity on 15 December at St Brides Church in Fleet Street, when BBC political editor Nick Robinson and Stephen Glover, of this parish, will be among those doing the readings. All proceeds go to the Journalists’ Charity.