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Have to agree with R4 insofar as EM and the team have gone off on tangents of their own making. Think Twitter (yuk!) and Facebook have a lot to answer for, as the BBC (by allowing broadcasters to adopt these commercial services - what happened to the 'no advertising' policy?) have effectively chosen to exclude some of their older listeners, non-internet listeners, and those who (for whatever reason) prefer not to use those services.
It's how iPM got started, as EM and team would choose some random subject and encourage feedback via such sites, perhaps knowing it may appeal to some of the younger (ie under 35) listeners, and may mean less staff at the BBC end to handle the incoming messages - no answering phones and transcribing what comments are made... (let's not forget that several of the BBC MessageBoards were closed because they demand full moderation and even if they had limited opening hours, they were costing the BBC money - clearly the dimwits have never considered 'self moderation' and having a few paid staffers and a lot of volunteers - it's how many other message board services are available 24x7 and don't run into major legal issues).
I know I would never have "cut it" as a journalist / radio broadcaster, but have to say there are times when I think a few of the Scots who are on the BBC appear a bit 'full of themselves'... EM and Nicky Campbell spring to mind, though EM only a fraction of the time, NC almost any time he is on radio or TV has me hunting for something better to enjoy on any other service.
Oh, just remembered... there was Richard Bacon on from 2200-0100 some time ago (Tony Livesey and Stephen Nolan seem more pleasant)...
Oh and Dotun on Up All Night if he gets onto books, or music, or gets talking to some foreign correspondents, when he can really put his foot in his mouth by stating as "facts" things which they then explain are not the case in RL...
NetworkGuy I have to disagree with you about why the BBC message boards were closed. A lot were not used and those that were had a small number of people banging on about the same things over and over and over again. It just wasn't a lively discussion forum, so of no benefit to anyone except the handful of people who got to bang on about their same pet hate repeatedly.
Eddie Mair is a fantastic broadcaster though, whether or not you agree with what PM has become.
We must have been looking at very different message boards then, TSG, as I found there to be many different people posting and lots of topics (admittedly I mostly used/viewed boards related to Radio 4).
The Guardian claimed that the Woman's Hour board was closed because it was little used (the opposite was the case, as per > posting about closure < )
I tended to post on > "The Choice is Yours" < and while there were a few issues which came up from time to time (eg BBC reporting of situation in Palestine) I think there was a wide variety included, and while there was the odd characted who might "bang on" now and then, it didn't (IMHO) detract from the usability of that board
Bumping this after many months because - if you missed Eddie Mair tonight, he went to meet the man who got on the bus to Swansea (some sort of "where are they now?" feature).
And the man was as sweet and lovely as ever - he's doing well; he hasn't ventured further than Swansea but he's moved beyond the bus station. He cursed himself for sounding "too bloody Welsh" in his original phone call - I just love him . And Eddie was as nice as ever. Iplayer it!