Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

I had a great chat with the award winning journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author, Gavin Esler. The former Newsnight presenter talks about; His background, getting into journalism, a hairy moment in Norther Ireland during the Troubles, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, the stories leaders tell, how the British Government handled the Covid-19 crisis, the “village idiots […]


The Global Coronavirus Pandemic is just one of a series of unfortunate events that Julie and I are dealing with right now. Things started to go wrong in early February when we realised the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak in China. The first part of our holiday, which we’d booked months earlier, had us […]


Radio On TV

03Mar20

There’s a good show all about local radio in the UK coming up soon on the BBC News Channel. It’s called The Village Loudspeaker. I hope you can watch at 9:30pm on Friday. It’ll also be on the iPlayer. Here’s some clips (My bits are third row down); https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xdxz1/clips Craic on! If you enjoyed this […]


INRIX Out

08Feb20

BBC local radio is about to sound better. INRIX, a private American company that provides traffic information, won’t be contributing off-site presenter-read travel bulletins for 39 BBC local stations from June. Instead, INRIX will produce travel information scripts which will be read by local presenters at each radio station. It’s sad that jobs will be […]


Strictly Come Dancing will take over Saturday nights on BBC 1 again this autumn. A few years ago I got to interview one of the hosts, Tess Daly. I was on BOBfm in Hertfordshire with Amy Stevenson and Tess was on a line from London. As you’ll hear, it didn’t go well… Craic on! If […]


John Myers has been a big part of my life for a while now, even though I never knew him that well. I woke up this morning to the sad news that John had died. He was in charge of Century Radio when I worked there in the North East in 1998 and 1999. The […]


It’s a real time of transition for Julie and I. We moved to the UK twenty-one years ago and in all of that time, we’ve always rented. Right now we’re in the process of buying a flat. It’s a new-build so it’s small. That means we have to say goodbye to a lot of cool […]


London Calling

01Aug17

In the latest episode of my show for America, Writer, producer and broadcaster, Trevor Dann talks about how he got started, some of the iconic radio and television programs he’s worked on, the people he’s worked with, hired and fired. As well as Trevor, There’s a roundup of what’s happening in Britain including ‘shrinkflation’, how […]


Trevor Dann is a British writer and broadcaster who has been associated with some of the most influential radio and television music programmes and events of the last 30 years. He talks candidly about his background, growing up in Nottingham, his career including his BAFTA award winning involvement in Live Aid, 25 Years of Rock, […]


The British Broadcasting Corporation has banned a lot of songs over the years. I played some of them on the air on BBC Radio Merseyside recently in a feature called, “Listen To The Banned”. When I delved into it, I was surprised by what was forbidden, the reasons why and the songs they didn’t ban […]


Don’t let Theresa May catch you dissing Brexit! She’s got a zero tolerance approach to dealing with people who have a go at the way the government is handling this mess. Last month she declared war on a band of trouble-making Members of Parliament because they were planning to form an anti-Brexit backbench group. This […]


My guest this week in my online radio show, London Calling is an icon of British broadcasting, Paul Gambaccini. In his home in central London, he talked about how his life changed when he was dropped by the BBC after his arrest on allegations of sexual assault. He was finally cleared a year later. He […]


“We now cross Live to our reporter standing 20 metres behind us”, is what the host of Nine News in Brisbane Australia should have said, when they crossed live to a reporter at the Supreme Court. The reporter, Michael Best was standing in the distance. You can see a cameraman and Best preparing for the […]


Mack Nuggets

05Oct16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Julie gets an unexpected compliment; Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Boris Johnson the porn star; Why British people have a problem with commitment; […]


Just Shoot Me

27Sep16

Nothing is what it seems where we live in Hitchin right now. Julie got shouted at as she was walking through the market square. They’re filming the new season of Doctor Foster and she was just about to walk into the shot. “Stop! You can’t walk through there, you’ll have to go around!”, is what […]


I now have something in common with fifteen Nobel Prize winners. I’ve given a speech at the Royal Institution in London. It was the venue for a broadcasting conference called, “Next Radio”. The room was filled with people who work in the radio industry. The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 by the leading British […]


The story of Hillary Clinton collapsing reminds me of when a politician collapsed in front of me while I was interviewing them for the BBC. In 2012, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on Swindon’s BBC Wiltshire. One day after my show, I was sent to cover the opening of a filling station […]


Time and Temp

22Aug16

There’s one thing about working on the radio in Britain that’s the opposite way around to how it was when I worked on the air in Australia. Every radio station I worked on in Oz had a gauge in the on-air studio that showed you the outside temperature. At the end of weather forecasts on […]


Beware of shysters who say they can predict the future! You’d think that in the 21st Century, there wouldn’t be much call for fortune tellers but the profession is alive and well and a lot of money is spent on it. It’s a racket but stupid people continue to fall for this stuff. The most […]


“What’s the difference between a donut and a wrap?” I overheard that question being asked once and then heard the reply being delivered in an incredulous tone, “Well, a donut is usually sweet and a wrap is more likely to be savoury”. The person who asked the question now looked very confused. The reason was […]