Pandora: BBC's Prix is not right for Murray

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone may claim that moving the sport from ITV to the BBC won't harm its coverage, but others in the racing world aren't so sanguine.

Veteran pundit Murray Walker – who worked at both stations during 52 years as a Grand Prix commentator, and is about to release a DVD – tells me he's less than confident about the Corporation's ability to live up to its rival's standard.

"ITV devoted a lot more time to Formula One than the BBC ever did and they did an absolutely superb job," says Walker.

"One thing that's clear is that the BBC hasn't got the rights back as a result of competition. They will have a hard furrow to plough to even match the ITV coverage."

Despite having spent most of his career working for the Beeb, Walker insists that when he moved to ITV, he noticed several major improvements in the way the sport was treated.

"The last time the BBC had it they didn't appreciate how important it was. They didn't devote the right people and facilities.

"ITV spent a great deal on those rights and they made the most of them. They made sure they had the right people, they brought in experts – people like Tony Jardine. They devoted a lot more time than the BBC ever did."

Jake does not believe in Marriage

Something tells me Jake Chapman might want to work on his marketing skills.

Better known as one half of Brit Art's rebellious duo, the Chapman Brothers, he is currently performing the hard sell on a solo project: his debut novel, The Marriage Of Love And Squalor.

Or not, as the case may be.

During a promotional talk at Foyles, Chapman went out of his way to emphasise the strong points of his work.

Explaining the book to art historian Tim Marlow, he observed: "Reading it is rather like sucking a lemon. What I've done is use a terminal misuse of metaphor, making it very difficult for the book to be understood.

"I've always been turgid, dark and venturing on the suicidal with controversial themes. This is no exploration into something spontaneous, fresh and bouncy, and if someone's thinking that's what it is, they shouldn't read the book. Actually, maybe no one should read it at all? Yes, don't read it."

Sounds like a real page-turner, Jake.

Kim heads into the interior

It seems that an unlikely career move is in store for Kimberly Stewart, daughter of kitten-heeled rocker Rod. The leggy socialite tells me that she hopes to add a further suffix to her already-lengthy job description of heiress-model-actress-TV presenter.

"Actually, I'm hoping to go into interior design," she enthuses. "I moved to London a while ago and have been doing up my new place. I got really into it and now I'm thinking that it's something I should like to do more of in the future."

While it's unclear how the nation's design community feels about the added competition, Pandora suspects they're not quaking in their boots.

Backing away from the Leader

People with whom one wouldn't wish to be associated: Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and quite probably, Gary Glitter.

Pandora can't help but feel a twinge of sympathy for the disgraced rocker's erstwhile backing band the Glitter Band. Contemplating a comeback album, the diamante-studded quintet are distancing themselves from their former leader. In an interview with music website The Quietus, they attack Glitter as a prima donna, moaning: "He insisted on staying in a hotel while the band shared bunk beds behind the stage. We've not spoken to Gary for 30 years. And we have to speak about him: the tabloids ring all the time."

UKIP sniping over Kilroy's exploits

He's only been in there for a day, but already Robert Kilroy-Silk's presence on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is causing backbiting in Brussels. Members of the vociferous MEP's former party, UKIP, are doing their best to make sure Kilroy doesn't profit from his TV exploits.

One asked: "As he will not be in Parliament, I wonder if he will give his wage and allowances to a suitable charity?"

Paxman playing up the theatrical

Jeremy Paxman's rapid-fire questioning has won him a spot as one of the BBC's most generously paid journalists, but one person it fails to impress is his former colleague Valerie Singleton. Of his talent for voluble enunciation, she tells me: "I always wanted to say 'look Jeremy, it's all right – they're just sitting in their lounges, not at the back of the theatre', but it wasn't really up to me."

Suggested Topics
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: HR Analyst - Banking - Bristol - £350 - £400 per ...

HR Manager - HR Generalist / Sole in HR

£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Manager - HR Generalis...

Business Analyst - Banking - London - £350-£400

£350 - £400 per day: Orgtel: Business Analyst - Banking - People Change - Lond...

HR Manager - Milton Keynes - £50,000 + package

£48000 - £50000 per annum + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Shared...

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home