- 17 Aug 06, 06:22 PM
I am still very new to the world of blogging but already I am beginning to understand why so many people – including a number of my colleagues here at Newsnight – have become obsessed by it.
Journalists just love to talk about what people think about what they do. But our audience hasn’t always entered into the discussion. The audience figures show that about a million people watch Newsnight each night yet sometimes we get no virtually feedback whatsoever.
I say “virtually no feedback” because we do get at least two calls every night. These are made regardless of who is presenting the programme. One says that Jeremy is rude to guests. The other says that Newsnight is not worth watching without Jeremy presenting.
That’s why the blogosphere is so appealing. It is such an easy way for people to comment on what we do. And thousands of people (yes – like you!) have been logging on to our new blog site and have been commenting on things like this (as, indeed, I hope you will).
But this morning I discovered there are other ways for our audience to respond to our work.
As regular visitors to the Ethical Man website will know, when I gave up my car in mid April my producer, Sara, told me she had put it in “storage” in a safe car park. In June I discovered that the car had actually just been parked in the BBC car park and left. I haven’t checked the car since then, reckoning that the BBC car park is probably as safe as any other one.
So I was worried when I came into work today to be told by our programme assistant, Leanne, that my car had been the subject on an attack. Naturally I was anxious to find out what happened. This is what we found.
When I last visited the car I wrote “Ethical Man woz here” in the dust on the bonnet. I can only guess these two viewers - check the hand writing - are not happy with my work.
The even less pleasant alternative is that they are colleagues who are using my car as a way of sending a message to me personally.
I suppose I should be thankful that at least the car is still there.