News Anjem Choudary refused to condemn Lee Rigby's murder

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

Pandora: The Box

And pigs might fly

Birt defends BBC's political independence

John Birt, the BBC's Director-General, yesterday belatedly gave the corporation's toughest political interrogators the sort of full-hearted backing they have not always been able to count upon from him.

Interviewers do more than ask the punters' questions

Trevor Phillips on journos and angels

Major likens Blair to Uriah Heep

Tony Blair has been likened to the hand-wringing and ever-so-humble Uriah Heep, the Dickensian character, by John Major. Anthony Bevins, Political Editor, watches as the former prime minister returns to the fray.

Politics: Labour and BBC in new bust-up

Labour stepped up its war of nerves against the BBC yesterday after the presenter of a radio programme told listeners that the party had "withdrawn co-operation" because Harriet Harman, Secretary of State for Social Security, had not been available for interview.

BBC row: Harsh words in exchange of letters

Edited extracts from the exchange of letters between David Hill and John Barton.

BBC row: Harriet Harman interview at heart of controversy

The interview at the centre of the controversy ran for almost five minutes on Wednesday morning. Harriet Harman was pressed by John Humphrys to say whether the lone-parent benefit cut was designed to force single mothers into work. The Secretary of State for Social Security refused to answer the question at least four times and during the exchanges Mr Humphrys interrupted her several times and talked over her.

Labour at war with `Today'

Labour has declared war on BBC Radio's Today programme, threatening to suspend co-operation in retaliation for `the John Humphrys problem'. Anthony Bevins and Louise Jury observe some brutal arm-twisting.

Televison: The cosmetics of democracy

Unwary viewers with half an hour to kill before last Sunday's roast may have tuned into On the Record (BBC1), and discovered - to their surprise - John Humphrys interviewing a dapper yellow-skinned man with rouged cheeks and a slight slant to his nervous eyes. It seemed, for an extraordinary moment, as though Humphrys had mistakenly drawn into his net an elderly Shanghai homosexual (shall we call him Toh Nee Blair?), who was originally booked on to the programme to recall Oriental gay life in the Thirties, but now found himself accused of the rape of 20 Cantonese virgins. "But John," protested Toh, close to tears, "People think I am a pletty stlaight kind of guy, and I am."

BBC vacancies after reshuffle

The BBC is looking for new editors for the Today programme, the Nine O'clock News, Newsnight and The World Tonight after kicking a host of editors up stairs to become `super editors' in the latest reorganisation of the Corporation's management.

Games: Chess etc

The World Team Championship in Lucerne ended in disappointment for England, who, after eyeing possible gold medals throughout the event, ended up with a 2-2 draw with Ukraine and a 11/2-21/2 defeat by Armenia pushing them into fourth place. The winners were Russia, who beat Georgia 4-0 in the last round to edge half a point ahead of the US.

BBC poses Paxman question

The BBC is to research viewers' attitudes to its interviewers' technique as part of a new set of ``performance promises'' disclosed by the corporation yesterday.

Women are the losers in pay game

They May be playing with the boys - but they aren't being paid like the boys. While women are beginning to break through the glass ceiling and make it to the top, they are still not paid as much as their male colleagues.
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