The BBC has pledged to put more female news presenters on television. But they are unlikely to find their way onto BBC Radio 4’s Today after its editor said most female journalists did not have a thick enough skin to deal with the programme’s “incredibly difficult” environment.
As regular listeners may well be aware, I listen to Radio4 all day long- and all night (insomnia ftw)- and I heard Ceri Thomas (who is male (I’d always assumed he was a she (ironically)) talking about the Today Programme the other day- on Feedback (Radio4’s um, feedback, show).
There were a couple of listeners questioning him about the interviewing style of the programme- it is famously brilliant- and also quite often aggressive in style.
Anyhoo- in the course of the discussion, one of the listeners asked why more women weren’t on the show- not just as presenters, but as interviewees and contributers.
Ceri Thomas’ off hand explanation that women couldn’t handle the environment was shocking…. everyone else involved in the discussion displayed clear signs of ghasted flabber, and the chair of the discussion even gave him the opportunity to back out of the corner- but he didn’t
I’m finding it very interesting… I enjoyed the post modern critique- mainly because it taught me a lot about post modernism, rather than because it taught me alot about the music business.
I also saw someone compare it to the Madonna Sex book- and someone else say that if you don’t get the Gaga, you must be old.
I remember the first time I saw the Madonna book- I was in Bar Italia in Soho, having just won 50pence in Charlie Chester’s casino (roulette ftw)
Someone walked into the cafe that had just stood in line somewhere to purchase the book- I think it was released at midnight, and there was a big deal about it.
I didn’t really buy into it, as I remember. I think me and my date thought that we could probably go round the corner and see much better (us being in London’s sex spot and all)… and when this guy came in, all excited in his Madonna fandom state, it was interesting- fun to see the nudey pics and all…
(the point of this anecdote is that I was there when the Madonna book came out, therefore it safe to say I am an old)
I watched Lady Gaga’s video yesterday- and I can remember it pretty well.
It made an impression, I liked her cartoon yellow hair towards the end, and certainly I remember that Virgin mobiles were involved… but, I cannot tell you what the song was like- what the tune sounds like.
There was a lot of non song, wasn’t there. (I mean bits where there was no song)
I know that I am going to hear it a LOT in clubs- and will no doubt get my groove on to it.
Anyways… I just noticed that it is all about the imagery, and no one really talked about the music… and I wanted to say: I blame Bob Geldolf.
*I felt a compulsion to write about this- I realise I was not being compelled to write.