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Newsweek Scotland: devouring risque material

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Derek Bateman Derek Bateman | 15:33 UK time, Friday, 22 June 2012

I think we have as diverse a mix of material this week as we've ever had...from tax avoidance and the morality thereof...to the stresses and indignity of needless poverty (both right here in dear old Blighty) to the failure of climate change plans...the descent into disorder in Libya and mummy porn.

We worried we might be merely following a media obsession with the latter topic but in the hands of our reporter Gillian it should offer some insight into a delicate subject. They say that devouring risque material in public is now easier via the privacy of ereaders but I think a klaxon should go off in your Kindle if you're reading porn.

We have an informed view of Julian Assange and his changeable character from the Australian journalist who wrote his biography and rarely does a Newsweek go past without reference to the Great Referendum. We're determined you'll either know all there is to know or you'll be scunnert and demand a second question which says: Do you just want the Referendum to go away?

The No lobby launch their campaign on Monday so we preview events, first with committed Labour No-man Michael Kelly who thinks the party leadership is failing to carry its own supporters by ignoring them and then with commentators Angus Macleod and David Torrance.

I hope it all goes well because this will be my last Newsweek. I'm spending July in France before returning to the new weekend schedule. So while I'll still be around on the airwaves this is my adieu (French, you see) to Newsweek which has become a familiar part of my life for the past few years, an association I know some of you share. As Nicolae Ceausescu used to say after another eight-hour speech to the Politburo:

Thanks for listening.

Join me tomorrow at 8.


  • Comment number 1.

    Today is a very sad day indeed, and Saturday mornings will no longer be the same.
    I have listened to Newsweek Scotland for what feels like all my adult life, and as a result I always thought it would be a part of the Radio Scotland schedule.
    When Derek took over as presenter, what was an excellent programme became even better! In more recent days I have very much looked forward to Derek's Blog on the programme, and for that alone he deserves a special award.
    The only bit of good news appears in this week's Blog and to learn that Derek will be returning to the new weekend schedule in August. Thank goodness!
    I'll close by placing on record my personal thanks to Derek for the excellence of his presenting stint on Newsweek Scotland. Hope you have a great holiday in the Belle France and haste you back to our Saturday mornings!

  • Comment number 2.

    Goodbye Derek, and many thanks for brightening up my Saturday mornings with your thought-provoking show. 'Look forward to catching you in your new role in August. I hope this is not the end of intelligent analysis and discussion on BBC Scotland!

  • Comment number 3.

    Derek, you're a great broadcaster and commentator - my wife and I have enjoyed your Saturday morning programmes enormously for the past couple of years. We look forward enthusiastically to the possibility of welcoming you back to radio later in the year.

    Thank you and Arrabest!

  • Comment number 4.

    Sorry that it's finished, part of my Saturday morning routine has gone. Sitting listening to Derek's polished presentation skills and keen insights whilst rest of family still in bed was a weekly treat for me.

    Glad to hear Derek will retained in some capacity, but it just won't be the same.

    Thanks again Derek & crew and good luck for the future.

  • Comment number 5.

    Did my ears deceive me on Saturday morning? Did Isobel Fraser say that she *and* Derek will be presenting Newsweek Scotland this coming Saturday?

    Now there's something to look forward to - unless my ears *did* deceive me ...


  • Comment number 6.

    You haven't heard? They're gonna dump the "Newsweek Scotland" title and go with

    The Bel & Del Show!


  • Comment number 7.

    Sorry to hear this is off air, it was the fairest show on BBC.

    Must admit that the headlines show on Sunday had a couple of Definite "NO" supporters hitting the SNP with sting in the tail comments.

    I thought you would have picked up on the facebook revelations by some Labour people.


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