On Monday Matters tonight our featured artist is the US singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Boss’, who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday September 23.
Jason speaks to animal behaviourist Dr Gary Wietzman who as well as writing books on how to talk to your animals runs the San Diego Humane Society.
In our Night-Time Report Lord Ashcroft’s unauthorised biography of David Cameron is discussed with Skynews Adam Boulton and the books co-author Isabel Oakeshott as doubt is cast over the credibility of some of the stories.
In tonight’s music news Kyra tells us about Rhianna latest album and news on the Beatles first contract which has been sold in auction.
A recording of Sir Elton John’s phone call with two pranksters – one claiming to be Vladimir Putin – was released last week. We will play an excerpt of the tape – which by ‘prank call’ standards – is a bit lame.
And in the final hour – Music Matters – we hear music and interviews from the Life of Tina Turner.
On this edition of Monday Matters our featured group tonight is Supertramp: Rick Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with the band is 71 on 22 July. Rick is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history, and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including ‘Goodbye Stranger’, and ‘Bloody Well Right’.
After 8pm we have more on the speech given by the Prime Minister David Cameron about how the Government plans to tackle extremism included a five-year plan which will target Muslims who hold “intolerant ideas”.
Also after 8pm we have the latest music news and then after 9pm we speak to Dr Afzal Ashraf who is a consultant fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. Tonight Jason discusses the rise of IS – or Daesh as some would prefer we call them; what action needs to be taken to defeat them & how safe are we here in the UK.
Allegations that News International journalists were involved in hacking people’s phones for information led to the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid in 201.
The scandal went to the heart of Downing Street with two of the Prime Minister’s friends in the dock – Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks. Alongside Brooks and Coulson was former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. Five others had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack phones before the trial began: private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, news editors James Weatherup and Greg Miskiw and reporters Neville Thurlbeck and Dan Evans.
Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months – Rebekah Brooks and Stuart Kuttner were found innocent.
One man was there from the very start and ended up covering the whole of the trial – which lasted 138 days and cost up to £100m.
He is the journalist Peter Jukes and he’s written a booked about what was the trial of the century – called Beyond Contempt and he spoke to Jason McCrossan.
If the Crimean crisis has taught us anything about how we deal with Russian’s, it is that they don’t seem to react positively to considered and measured negotiations or weak and insignificant threats. The Russian bear is not for hugging.
To deal with the Russian’s you have to be blunt but meaningful. There is only one way to deal with the Russians…
a) kick them in the bollocks
b) know that they WILL kick you right back
When you next resume negotiations – not only will you have their respect, strange as it might seem – they will greet you, listen and come to a mutually agreeable settlement.
So PM David Cameron – the next time you meet President Putin you know what to do?