Mark Lawson leaving Front Row ?

(24 Posts)
AchyFox Wed 05-Mar-14 19:39:56

Can anyone dig the dirt ?

Or failing that speculate wildly. grin

He doesn't come across as a bully, rather convivial I thought.

ListenToTheLady Wed 05-Mar-14 21:20:02

I don't want him to be the bully! I know there have been other accusations about bullying managers at the BBC and bosses not doing anything about it. I wondered if the news team put that mention in as a way of drawing more attention to it. Because they could easily just have said "personal reasons".

ListenToTheLady Wed 05-Mar-14 21:22:41

Although convivial doesn't mean you can't be a bully - much as I don't want to think he would be. One of the worst work bullies I know - an ex friend - is harming and has loads of friends herself. She told me quite openly how she tated her underlings at work, involving screaming at them and sidelining people. I was horrified, she thought it was her right as a boss.

ListenToTheLady Wed 05-Mar-14 21:24:06

Bah that's charming not harming, bloody iPad.

(I notice my iPad is always at pains to write "iPad" correctly, while messing everything else up - what a narcissist.)

OhBuggerandArse Wed 05-Mar-14 21:29:30

The Telegraph (!) says:

'The allegations are said to centre on one presenter and one producer, with one complaint detailing “a culture of bullying and a failure of management to protect staff”, according to reports.'

BOFtastic Wed 05-Mar-14 21:42:09

I believe the complaint was a joint one from several members of staff via their union. Lawson is a brilliant interviewer, IMO, but I suppose that many passionate perfectionists can overlook their people skills when focussing on the task at hand. I don't have any insider information, but that is what I've surmised from the way this has been reported.

AchyFox Wed 05-Mar-14 22:53:11

'The allegations are said to centre on one presenter and one producer

If it was the producer who was at the centre of the allegations, I think they would have just swapped producers.

So can't help but feel that ML is the "accused".

R4 Thu 06-Mar-14 11:12:09

Hurrah! I cannot stand Mark Lawson. I hate his tortured, laboured 'links' between items that are not - in any shape or form - linked. One of the joys of no longer listening to TA is not having to leap for the off button when ML and his strangulated tones 'rogue vowels' appear.

Songbird Thu 06-Mar-14 11:34:34

R4 - 'no longer listen to TA'?!? But it's great at the moment!

Songbird Thu 06-Mar-14 11:35:28

Yes, I think he's the 'accused', the wording is quite vague but pointed, I think.

Anatana Thu 06-Mar-14 11:51:31

Oh no! I really liked Front Row.

R4 Thu 06-Mar-14 12:21:37

Sorry songbird. I know some folks think that New Bloke has improved it but it no longer works for me. I am fed up with thinking "<insert any name here> is acting out of character, fed up with thinking " that wouldn't happen in RL", fed up with thinking "but why? ... does not compute", fed up with thinking "where's X?". Basically, fed up with thinking "confused".
They are still doing the rationing of actors so there is no continuity anymore. It is not "everyday". There are too many newbies; too many stories started and not finished. I'm not allowed to get involved because stories get cut off midstream. It's all too very intense and then ... nothing, dropped like a stone.

I don't care enough anymore about what happens in the Village, it's too fragmented.

nennypops Fri 07-Mar-14 07:24:25

I must admit I've never like Mark Lawson's voice - it has no resonance and sounds almost strained sometimes.

Songbird Fri 07-Mar-14 12:37:27

R4 Good points, one and all. Still can't tear myself away though hmm

AchyFox Fri 07-Mar-14 14:23:47

R4

The real problem with listening to FR is having to dive for the button as WHD spews forth at 1945.

Why they need to repeat this crap is beyond me.

RocknRollNerd Fri 07-Mar-14 16:00:09

I hate his tortured, laboured 'links' between items that are not - in any shape or form - linked.

Oh I hear you! All that "'and today as tensions mount in Ukraine and its neighbours in Romania and Bulgaria look on nervously we take a look at Children's Television of the 1970s and ask 'is the time right for a Wombles retrsopective on BBC4'" I don't mind John Wilson and I still miss Francine Stock.

I can't agree that he seems convivial, I've always thought he seems quite smug and self-satisfied. I like Front Row as a programme though so hope that survives.

NetworkGuy Wed 12-Mar-14 18:02:17

WHD spews forth at 1945....

Who is WHD please?

AchyFox Wed 12-Mar-14 22:40:25

Woman's Hour Drama

NetworkGuy Thu 13-Mar-14 00:27:52

blush - of course.

I was somehow thinking it was a presenter ... I knew not whom ...
talking about the end of WW II grin

AchyFox Thu 13-Mar-14 00:54:29

Oh, if only it were a one-off Network ... if only.

NetworkGuy Thu 13-Mar-14 08:26:30

But do you really hate it that much? I sometimes listen, sometimes not, but consider those 15 minute slots are often better than other '15 minute' shows that are used in various sections of the schedule (23:00-23:30, 15:30-16:00, and worst: 13:45 - why TF did they extend WatO {nearly included 'The'... News filling 30 minutes can be bad enough when you know the topics at 12:00 and 12:30, but to allow them 45 minutes of speculation on some days is excessive!}), so while I understand you may dislike WHD in the extreme, I don't... takes all sorts smile

PseudoBadger Thu 13-Mar-14 08:31:03

"'and today as tensions mount in Ukraine and its neighbours in Romania and Bulgaria look on nervously we take a look at Children's Television of the 1970s and ask 'is the time right for a Wombles retrsopective on BBC4'"
Perfect!!

AchyFox Thu 13-Mar-14 12:59:01

Yes I hate WHD grin

Re WATO going to 45 minutes:

Basically Martha Kearney twisted peoples arms I suspect.
For about a year prior to the increase, she was doing this strange thing with her delivery, a sort of highly emphasised robotic sing-song, throughout the programme.

As soon as it went to 45mins, that all stopped and she spoke normally.

I am fairly sure she just told them: Give me 45 minutes or I am going to be your work-to-rule-sing-song-robot-at-one forever.

And they back her and sack Quentin Cooperhmm.

RocknRollNerd Fri 14-Mar-14 17:15:21

WHD at 7.45 was always the sign I was working too long hours/too far away if I heard that. Only once did I get very into it and that was a dramatisation of a true story I think about an opera singer and I timed leaving the client site so I knew I'd still be in the car on Friday at 7.45.

Pseudo d'you think I could get a job writing Front Row links grin.

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