LETTER : `Today' as rude as ever

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The Independent Online
CONGRATULATIONS on your pastiche of John Humphrys's interviewing style on the Today programme ("Just shut up and let them finish!", 26 March).

I returned recently from a long visit to South Africa and Zimbabwe, where nothing as pungent as Today exists, and eagerly turned the programme on. It seems to me that all the interviewers are as rude as ever - with the possible exception of Anna Ford. It is not fair to pick on Mr Humphrys: James Naughtie can be even worse.

Perhaps the Today team's position as the headmaster of the British political class is going to its collective head?

Christopher Hill

Midhurst, West Sussex