Bolt versus Gatlin versus BBC; A journalistic tragedy; Benedict’s Hamlet; No carpet eating; My seven rules of quotations; Play nicely; Three Twitter Tools; An interview with Jenn Lim; Music from Henrik
Thursday, August 20, 2015
No more silly season; Exceptional Speaker Masterclasses; A great networking deal; Banksy’s new exhibit; No boats on the pond; A speaker from the block; Head to Head; You don’t have to stay friends; An interview with Gilda Bonanno; Music from Mick Terry
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Proud Dad moment; Exceptional Speaker Masterclasses; TV Anchor John Brown; DJ Alex Dyke; I’ve started so I’ll finish; Seven ways to get international publicity; I thought you’d never ask; An interview with Dr Lynda Shaw; Music from Robbie Boyd
Friday, August 07, 2015
Test Match very Special; Any musicians around?; Jon Stewart; Cilla Black, Noel Edmonds; You can’t make several big points; Hi, I’m from the Sunday Times; William Morris and Social Media; An interview with Rory Cellan-Jones; Music from The Dust Bowl Revival
Thursday, July 30, 2015
A few days in New York City; An invitation to appear on this show; Young and Strange; Walter Palmer and the lion; Thesis and Antithesis; Controlling the Message; Meetup to Tweetup; An interview with Doug Stevenson; Music from the Dust Bowl Revival.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Two thousand speakers in Washington; Speaking across the Atlantic; Taylor Swift; Bill Cosby; Gladstone’s Rules; Poorly-trained Interviewers; Become a specialist; An interview with Carolyn Strauss; Music from Ashton Lane
Friday, July 17, 2015
National Speakers Association Convention; The Newseum; Mhairi Black; Finley Quaye; Go beyond the finish; Plan for a long media career; Repurposing your content; An interview with Jolene Jang; Music from Jim Boggia
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Sport and News; Speakers gather in Washington; Drones and Crop Circles; A Russian Straight Flag; Are you Interesting?; Seven ways to ruin a media release; Four ways to benefit from blogging; An interview with Craig Price; Music from Lee Robert
Thursday, July 02, 2015
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Friday, June 12, 2015
I've watched the interview several times. As a fellow journalist who specialises in training CEOs to cope with crisis interviews, I think Ms Burley did nothing wrong. The interview could have been shorter, but that's not Ms Burley's fault, since she was no doubt being directed from the gallery, and being told to keep going.
Mr Varney spoke well, and expressed his concern and sympathy for the victims. However, he also referred to introducing "another level of safety", which begged the question as to why that wasn't already in place. Any professional journalist would have probed him on that point.
However, I suspect this is more about another issue - Ms Burley's gender. If the interview had been conducted by a male journalist, Paxman-style, I don't think there would have been a similar outcry. The fact that many of the insults refer to her as a "bitch", "cow' or even worse, indicate that people feel that being a woman and being an assertive interviewer is unaceptable.
It's perhaps telling that when Jeremy Clarkson admitted to punching a member of his production team, a million people signed a petition to have him reinstated. In 1997, Jeremy Paxman was widely praised for asking former Home Secretary Michael Howard the same question fourteen times in a row. However, Ms Burley's repeated questioning of safety standards following a serious accident is seen as intrusive.
It seems to me that the wave of criticism has more than a whiff of sexism about it. Sky News should express their confidence in Ms Burley, and ask her to get on with her job of holding public figures to account.
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20 steps is back!; Who owns the Sun?; Joachim de Posada; Sir Tim Hunt; Why Speakers need a Bra; What is News?; Share and Share Alike; An interview with Andy Murray (no, not that one); Music from Nugent and Belle.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Sepp Blatter resigns - did the sponsors push him?; Charles Kennedy; Eddie McGuire; On the button; Picking the right messenger; Show and Tell; An interview with John Richardson of the Coffee Boys; Music from Robbie Boyd