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7 January 2009

Gaza City, Jeremy Hunt, Rachel Riley on Countdown and Matt Smith, the new Dr Who
The shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt joins us to talk about public service broadcasting, the future of Channel 4 and the effectiveness of the BBC Trust. Jeremy Bowen and Marie Colvin examine whether Israel's ban on foreign journalists in Gaza is affecting our understanding of events. And as Matt Smith lands the job of Dr Who and Rachel Riley stands poised to fill Carol Vorderman's shoes on Countdown, David Liddiment and Jaci Stephen discuss the risks of introducing new talent to established programmes.

Foreign Journalists reporting from Gaza

Gaza CityIsrael has not allowed any foreign journalists into Gaza since fighting began eleven days ago, despite a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court that they should allow access. This has left the majority of the foreign press reporting from the Gaza-Israel border. Is this affecting our understanding of events on the ground? Steve talks to the BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen and Marie Colvin, foreign correspondent at The Sunday Times. 

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Jeremy Hunt, Shadow Culture Secretary

Jeremy Hunt, Shadow Culture SecretaryJeremy Hunt, the Shadow Culture Secretary, talks to Steve about public service broadcasting, the future of Channel 4 and the effectiveness of the BBC Trust.  

Jeremy Hunt

New Talent on Old Shows

Matt Smith the new Doctor WhoLast weekend it was announced that twenty-six year old Matt Smith will be taking the role of the BBC’s Doctor Who, and next Monday, twenty-two year old Rachel Riley will be stepping into Carol Vorderman's shoes on Countdown. But how easy is it to introduce new talent to established programmes? Steve is joined by David Liddiment, BBC Trustee and former Director of Programmes at ITV and Television Critic Jaci Stephen.
Dr Who

Comments on today's programme

The BBC Trust:
Why have the BBC Trust when we have OFCOM, an openly-independent organisation which has a remit to monitor and make judgements? The shadow Culture Secretary had it right when he stated "The jury is still out"
Peter Clarke, Norwich 

Reporting Gaza:
Maybe you do not know or do not remember or are just not old enough. The 1967 6 day war. The BBC did great reporting so good in fact it was about the only very good intelligence that the Arabs had which could have well resulted in Istaeli deaths. That is why I think that the Israelis do not want reporters in there.
John Godfrey

The Gaza strip has also got a southern border with Egypt. Why can't the journalists enter the territory from the south?

I am watching Aljazeera English online, they have almost constant live footage from inside Gaza. Why cannot BBC surmount this problem if Aljazeera can? Why can't we see much more from the excellent Rushdi Abualouf?

New Talent:

The new Doctor Who's age might be overlooked a bit more easily if your interviewees didn't keep referring to him as "lad" and "boy.
Roger Cook
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