News Anjem Choudary refused to condemn Lee Rigby's murder

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

Tim Sebastian: 'It's not a social event'

He's the scourge of politicians around the world. Michael Church meets Tim Sebastian, the tough-talking host of 'Hardtalk'

Sacred duty

What's so boring about Westminster?

On the Record could be the first casualty in a major overhaul of political programming at the BBC. Why, asks Donald Macintyre, are broadcasters so wary of covering parliamentary politics?

The leg-pull theory of history explained

LAST WEEK, I mentioned one of the great mysteries of our time, namely the way that you can listen to a weather forecast on the radio, especially on Today, and not have the faintest idea afterwards what it said about the weather in your area.

Sex, politics and censorship

DON'T GET me wrong. I am not turning into a follower of Peter Hitchens who, in his new, desperately nostalgic book, The Abolition of Britain, bemoans our descent into immorality and pornography, which started with the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. "Batty" (according to Will Hutton) Hitchens longs for a return to good, old-fashioned censorship and reverence for establishment authority. I don't. But I do think that a society without any restraints becomes morally corrupt, and that "censorship" has become a meaningless word used in the same way as "Communism" in the United States .

A festival should be outlandish, so bring on the dancing nuns

Hard to know where to be last weekend in the new riotously festive Britain. Manchester for the Gay Mardi Gras? Acton for the Tomato Throwing? Notting Hill for the Carnival? Edinburgh for the Festival?

John Humphrys floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee

`It is thought that you cannot wait to get out of the studio and back to real life. Is that true?'

Media: Where next for Mr Humphrys?

As John Humphrys distances himself from the `Today' programme, BBC bosses have reason to fear a very powerful loose cannon.

Media: And who's next for the `Today' programme?

THE SHOCK disclosure by John Humphrys that he would like to leave the Today programme, or "scale down" his role, means that one of the prime jobs in broadcasting is about to become vacant. But who will fill his shoes?

Of glottal stops and contrived mateyness

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY readers continue to write in with their own scrutiny of a dumb week in the media.

Edinburgh TV festival: BBC braced for attacks on its digital licence fee

THE QUESTION of whether the BBC should receive a licence fee for digital television threatens to dominate this weekend's Edinburgh Television Festival, industry executives said yesterday.

Casualties of the class war

Social mobility is always portrayed as wholly positive, but the truth is not so glib

Letter: Military experts

WELL DONE Wallace Arnold (16 May), for highlighting the fact that it is the columnists who really know what they are talking about on the direction of the war against the Serbs! Perhaps he should have included all the media, in particular Jon Snow of Channel 4 News and John Humphrys of Radio 4, who clearly are the leading experts in this field.
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