http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8223000/8223750.stm

    Justin Webb, until recently the BBC's North America Editor, arrived in the Today studio this morning for his first appearance as a permanent presenter of the programme (he's filled in once or twice in the past). We asked Chris Vallance to talk to Justin - exclusively for the Radio 4 blog - about his first appearance and about the benefits of working with John Humphrys.

    Chris started by asking how it had gone:

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    • Comment number 8. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 3 Sept 2009 08:40

      2. At 5:12pm on 27 Aug 2009, you wrote:

      "John Humphrys, who's he?......."

      I want to retract some of my criticism of Mr Humphrys, after today's comments about Twitter (and, in my opinion, those who waste so much of their lives being 'twits'), he has gone up in my estimation - slightly...

      Still prefer the mellow tones of Mr Webb first thing in the morning though!

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    • Comment number 7. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 2 Sept 2009 12:55

      #4. At 08:41am on 28 Aug 2009, gabylein wrote:

      "Welcome Mr.Webb, hang on in Mr.Ed, please release Mr.Davis!"

      Why, apart from reports from a certain Mr Peston and his contributions, Mr Davis is the only "Today" presenter who seems to know the difference be World Economics and Home Economics!... :-)

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    • Comment number 6. Posted by dennisjunior1

      on 2 Sept 2009 10:21

      Steve:

      Thanks, for writing this excellent blog about Justin Webb
      and his first day at Today Programme on Radio 4.....


      =Dennis Junior=

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    • Comment number 5. Posted by juicyzcl

      on 28 Aug 2009 08:35

      This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

    • Comment number 4. Posted by gabylein

      on 28 Aug 2009 07:41

      Welcome Mr.Webb, hang on in Mr.Ed, please release Mr.Davis!

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    • Comment number 3. Posted by Lawrence Jones

      on 27 Aug 2009 18:23

      Miss Winifred Robinson didn’t receive any publicity when she joined the Today programme. She did, however, receive very favourable reviews from both listeners and radio critics – including Mr. Paul Donovan. Alas, she wasn’t southern posh or Oxbridge…….so that was the end of her career on the Today programme.

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    • Comment number 2. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 27 Aug 2009 16:12

      John Humphrys, who's he?.......

      I must say that it was pleasant to wake up and hear the measured (and might I say, mellow) tones of Justin Webb this morning. Whilst I accept that interview techniques have changed markedly since the late - and sorely missed - Brian Redhead's day I'm sorry to say that I find that my brain just filters out much of Mr Humphrys (lets say) assertive approach to interviewing, now only listening to the attempted replies from his 'victim'...err, sorry Guest. That is not to say I would welcome a return to the "Welcome Minister, is their anything you would like to say to the BBC audience" production style either of old, just the ability for the interviewee to get more than one sentence out before being interrupted! Or at least that is how Mr Humphrys comes across even if it's not the literal true of what happens. If the anchor/interviewer is being 'hurried up' by their editor or producer then perhaps someone is attempting to pack to much into the running order?

      There again, perhaps I just prefer a more lazy, relaxed, style - especially in the morning. For me, Mr Humphrys would make a good anchor/presenter of either Panorama or Newsnight.

      Sorry... :-0

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    • Comment number 1. Posted by lordBeddGelert

      on 27 Aug 2009 15:21

      Does this mean that 'Ed Stourton has left the building' or will he be around until the new boy has found his feet ? When will Ed's 'swansong' be ? Or is he just working 'flexibly' as a roving reporter ? We don't just want him to disappear quietly. Even if he does make a bit of a 'fuss about nothing' over the odd split infinitive *












      * Declaration of interest. John Humphrys is just as much of a pedant, but he is Welsh and Working Class, therefore in a totally unjustifiable display of partiality, I let him get away with it....

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