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    Posted by shilkman (U13628054) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

    Anyone else think the World at One is waste of time? Years ago we got a decent length news bulletin at 1p.m. which is all that was needed. Now its more like a summary lasting 5 minutes so that they can cram in this awful program full of "news and analysis" ...more like "gossip and speculation"!

    If there is no specific "hot" news of the day they fall back on the old Credit Crunch chestnut, plus weekly we now seem to have "a panel" of politicians. This is a total waste of space since they never answer the questions they are asked.

    Then of course there is the "excitement" of knowing who will be interviewed "LIVE" that day too! And when they do get some poor soul to interview they are often just getting into their stride when they are "chopped" in mid sentence with the old hackneyed phrase "I'm sorry but thats all we have time for ...why bother? What a waste of time!

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    Posted by Lawrence Jones (U4805414) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

    anyone else think the World at One is waste of time? 

    I liked the modesty, professionalism and relative anonymity of the late William Hardcastle and Nick Clarke on ‘The World At One’. There’s a new breed of notice box presenter on BBC radio – which includes broadcasters such as Ms. Kearney and Mr. (Nick) Robinson - who are desperate to tell us how clever they are (e.g. Mr. Robinson’s question to Obama yesterday, regarding apportioning blame for the current financial crisis). I’m afraid it doesn’t appeal to me.

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    Posted by shilkman (U13628054) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009


    ....."I liked the modesty, professionalism and relative anonymity of the late William Hardcastle and Nick Clarke on ‘The World At One’."


    Yes I agree ..... it was a good deal better when they were on...........

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    Posted by Stewart Henry (U1375435) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

    Good evening Lawrence.

    I liked the modesty, professionalism and relative anonymity of the late William Hardcastle and Nick Clarke on ‘The World At One’. There’s a new breed of notice box presenter on BBC radio – which includes broadcasters such as Ms. Kearney and Mr. (Nick) Robinson - who are desperate to tell us how clever they are 

    Yes, I think that is a fair assessment. Martha Kearney has certainly gone down in my estimation since she became the regular World at Oner.

    I would be interested to know which category you would place Shaun Ley. I think he is one of Radio Four's finest newcomers, and I was rather disappointed when he wasn't given the regular WatO job, nor a presenting role on 'Today'. I find him to be a rather intelligent interviewer, he isn't aggressive nor sneering with politicans, and in return his calm interviewing style, also for an informative two way interview.

    What is your verdict, Lawrence.

    Also, Lawrence, thankyou for your very kind words on another thread- you really are too generous.

    Please keep in touch.

    Best Wishes
    Stewart

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    Posted by Lawrence Jones (U4805414) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

    A very good evening to you as well Stewart

    Dashing in with a reply before we are closed down!

    Clearly I’m not privy to the wheelings and dealings that go on within Radio 4, but I was left wondering if Ms. Kearney was appointed to WATO as compensation for not securing the DID presenter’s position. On a personal note, I’m not upper-class or southern posh, so perhaps that’s why I struggle with her broadcasting style. The other incidents that left a very bad impression: 1) her insensitivity when she interviewed (on Woman’s Hour) the mother of a woman who’d taken her own life whilst on remand in prison. The mother broke down during the interview and Ms. K. just didn’t seem to grasp how upset the woman was – or how to help her get through the interview. 2) The Woman’s Hour Interview with Janet Street Porter (who was at the Edinburgh Fringe at the time). Ms. K. was so snooty towards Ms. Street Porter that I just wanted to switch off.

    I would be interested to know which category you would place Shaun Ley. I think he is one of Radio Four's finest newcomers, and I was rather disappointed when he wasn't given the regular WatO job, nor a presenting role on 'Today'. I find him to be a rather intelligent interviewer, he isn't aggressive nor sneering with politicans, and in return his calm interviewing style, also for an informative two way interview. 

    And Shaun Ley?

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    Stewart, he is, in my opinion, the most talented newcomer to join R4 over recent years. I’m at a loss to understand why Mr. Ley wasn’t offered a full-time position on WATO or Today. I would, for example, have replaced Ms. Montague with Mr. Ley. I love his good manners (one of the reasons why I admire Bridget Kendall so much) and he’s an absolute genius when it comes to interrupting without losing the goodwill of the interviewee.

    Keep in touch with your radio thoughts Stewart smiley - smiley

    Kind regards,

    Lawrence

    P.S. I agreed with all your comments on the R4 CIY MB board when ‘Any Questions’ was broadcasted from Northern Ireland recently…….just didn’t get time to post. I must admit, though, that the prog. worked out better than I expected.

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    Posted by archicrooks (U1992184) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

    William Hardcastle- a name from my childhood- my Nanna thought he was great

    she liked Franklin Englemann to

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