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Broadcaster criticised for prime slot in which he refused to condemn murder Lee Rigby

Question Time: Martin Jarvis

Work: Plays a ‘big beast’ correspondent in the BBC2 comedy Taking the Flak. Film credits include Titanic.

Life: Jarvis, 68, is married to actress and director Rosalind Ayres and has two sons and two grandchildren.

Balance: Produces and directs BBC radio dramas, such as Alan Ayckbourn’s Man of the Moment and Ian Fleming’s Dr No.

The feral beast: Hencke finds new dirt to dig

Farewell then to David Hencke, The Guardian's veteran political correspondent. Hencke has worked for the Graun since 1976, but with a handsome redundancy cheque under his belt is off to write books and to dig his allotment.

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Parties: By George, he's got it

Although not a parties man, even George Orwell would have enjoyed the awards for political writing held in his name at the Foreign Press Association on the Mall, London. For, with only three gongs to be dished out – best book, best journalism and best blog – guests could relax, safe in the knowledge they could soon get back to chatting and drinking.

Kershaw: How the BBC left me on the ropes

For 25 years he was one of the nation's best-known broadcasters. Last week, however, a heavily trailed radio show about him was pulled at the last minute. Andy Kershaw reveals the inside story

BBC asks quiz entrant for help with questions

A contestant on the television quiz Mastermind was surprised to be called by a BBC researcher to ask him for help to set his own questions.

John Rentoul: When a presenter should interrupt

Usually, John Humphrys or Jeremy Paxman will interrupt someone in a discussion in order to stop them saying anything interesting or developing an argument. David Dimbleby showed on last week's BBC1 Question Time why he is different and how it should be done.

Steve Richards: Gordon Brown still has one thing in his favour &ndash; authenticity

The new economic era is a left-of-centre one. Doors are opening that were once untouched

Stand-up at Radio 4? You must be joking

Comic Relief has persuaded BBC presenters to try to make us laugh for charity &ndash; with mixed results

John Humphrys

In a report on the events behind David Frost's interview with Richard Nixon in yesterday's Independent, we published an article, " I never agree that certain subjects are off-limits". This was bylined "by John Humphrys". We should make it clear this was not an article written by Mr Humphrys, but a report of what he had said to our interviewer. Apologies.

I never agree that certain subjects are off-limits, says John Humphrys

Having 28 hours is a huge luxury. The nearest I have come to anything like Frost/Nixon is when Blair's departure was approaching and they gave me two half-hour interviews.

Mastermind 'guidance' defended after presenter's remark

The BBC insisted that Celebrity Mastermind questions are challenging to contestants, after radio presenter Victoria Derbyshire said she was offered a "crib sheet" to appear on the show.

Days Like These: 'I identified the sound of Matthew's head banging against the steering wheel'

The phone was ringing when we arrived at the Dorset cottage that frosty, Friday night. And from its insistent, furious tone I knew who it was. Matthew didn't speak immediately but I could identify the sound of his head banging rhythmically in frustration against the steering wheel. He was clearly stuck in traffic in London, where he was remaining for the weekend.

BBC Mark II: Mr Byford gives the corporation's journalism a makeover

After unprecedented cuts in the BBC's newsrooms, Mark Byford is overseeing a critical rebranding of the corporation's journalism. He tells Ian Burrell of his pride at running the biggest current affairs operation on earth &ndash; and answers his critics
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