Category Archives: Media

BBC technical mistake

The BBC said that a ‘technical’ human error was to blame for some unfortunate sound effects being broadcast over their news item about the  Oscar Pistorius trial on the local station for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Radio Today spoke to the BBC who sheepishly stated  “There was a technical mistake where sound effects being prepared in another studio for an unrelated item were accidentally broadcast over the news bulletin”.

Personally given the nature of the sound effects and their timing…I can’t help but wonder if someone was attempting to put the news reader off his stride…classic school boy prank…but I guess we’ll never know.

BBC R6 Launches new music programme

BBC 6 Music

The BBC have announced that it’s digital radio station 6 music will launch a new late night show called “6 Music Recommends” in the wee small hours between midnight and 1am.

6 music which has a weekly reach of 1.96 million listeners, said the idea of the show is to give their audience the chance to hear new songs that have been specially found by it’s presenters.   The presenters are Lauren Laverne (Tuesdays) – Tom Ravenscroft (Wednesdays) – Mary Anne Hobbs (Thursdays) and Steve Lamacq (Fridays).

Jeff Smith Head of Music for 6 “alongside our well-established and influential weekly new release playlist, highlights BBC Radio 6 Music’s different and innovative approach to new music and music programming.”

Some of their listeners might be surprised that such presenters didn’t already have oodles of input in to the music that they play on their show, but alas the modern day radio station is often run top down – rather than bottom up.

Mary Ann-Hobbs
Mary Anne Hobbs

Mary Anne Hobbs said “I have 60 minutes every week to change people’s lives with sound, and that’s exactly what I’m aiming to do.”  

I just hope all those nocturnal spliff smoking ‘get up and go’ students are prepared for Mary’s onslaught! 

Poised for that life changing moment
Poised for that life changing music moment

Russia Today Anchor Liz Wahl Quits

Russian President Putin speaks on state funded Russia Today
Russian President Putin speaks on state funded Russia Today

Another Russia Today journalist Liz Wahl has spoken out over the ‘ethical’ and ‘moral’ challenges she faced as a presenter on the state funded news network and went further than her colleague Abby Martin by resigning.

It all started on the 4th March at the end of the show “Breaking the Set”  when Abby said she “wanted to say something from my heart about the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s military occupation of Crimea” and that “What Russia did is wrong” and “military intervention is never the answer”.    She returned to the air the following night and according to RT wasn’t reprimanded.

Abby’s statement is below.

Of Liz Wahl’s statement and resignation, RT America commented on their youtube video page  “When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt”.

You can judge for yourself!

Wahl went on to CNN and spoke to their journalist  Anderson Cooper  “RT is not about the truth; it’s about promoting a Putinist agenda.”  Liz went on to say “And I can tell you firsthand, it’s about bashing America.”