And what is your concern about Boris?

This was the question which greeted callers into Dotun Adebayo’s show on BBC Radio London last night.

I was a guest on the show answering the questions of callers about the election results with the other guests, Jenette Arnold AM for Labour and Ashok Viswanathan from Operation Black Vote.

Dotun and the programme’s producer were being fiercely neutral but the young lady answering the telephones was having a tougher time.

Susie and I planned to have dinner after the show, so she came to the studio with me and was sitting in the studio’s anteroom, this was also where the calls are filtered. Susie said that the nearly tearful look on the woman’s face, while listening to the clip of Livingstone’s nearly tearful concession speech indicated her political affiliation. As did her interaction with callers, Susie was stifling a laugh as she heard her answer the phone calls with the question “and what is your concern about Boris?”

22 responses to “And what is your concern about Boris?

  1. Belated congratulations on your win, James (Blogger wouldn’t let me at the time and I have been on the road since). The trouble with this story is that it’s not funny any more. Why are licence-payers funding a biased service staffed entirely by leftists? It is time to close the BBC. It serves no function. Private broadcasting services would have whatever political bias (or none) best attracted listeners and viewers.

  2. Belated congratulations on your win, James (Blogger wouldn’t let me at the time and I have been on the road since). The trouble with this story is that it’s not funny any more. Why are licence-payers funding a biased service staffed entirely by leftists? It is time to close the BBC. It serves no function. Private broadcasting services would have whatever political bias (or none) best attracted listeners and viewers.

  3. I find the Sky News coverage a lot more intellectual, with intelligent interviewers etc. which rather disproves the idea that the BBC can be more highbrow because it doesn’t have to appeal to the LCD.Time for serious thought by Team Cameron I think.

  4. I find the Sky News coverage a lot more intellectual, with intelligent interviewers etc. which rather disproves the idea that the BBC can be more highbrow because it doesn’t have to appeal to the LCD.Time for serious thought by Team Cameron I think.

  5. To be fair BBC have sacked Whale for being pro-Boris i.e. not neutral. (rather than tacitly pro-Ken) I’m glad Susie had an amusing evening. Laughing at it is the right course. I’d just get annoyed.

  6. To be fair BBC have sacked Whale for being pro-Boris i.e. not neutral. (rather than tacitly pro-Ken) I’m glad Susie had an amusing evening. Laughing at it is the right course. I’d just get annoyed.

  7. I was going to mention Whale also – but I see its pointed out above.There’s an underlying problem with bias and the questions that are asked. David Cameron’s interview on the Today prog ( compared to Brown’s) show that. I thnk at times Conservative interviewees should confront their hosts directly on this.I wish 18DS was back !Still congratulations and well done – <>may the Boris go with you<>.

  8. I was going to mention Whale also – but I see its pointed out above.There’s an underlying problem with bias and the questions that are asked. David Cameron’s interview on the Today prog ( compared to Brown’s) show that. I thnk at times Conservative interviewees should confront their hosts directly on this.I wish 18DS was back !Still congratulations and well done – <>may the Boris go with you<>.

  9. I was rather impressed that Boris appointed < HREF="http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2008/05/boris-appoints-modern-day-hero-as.html" REL="nofollow">Ray Lewis<> as deputy mayor. Seems like a good first day. I just hope he does not put Norris in charge of TfL tomorrow.

  10. I was rather impressed that Boris appointed < HREF="http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2008/05/boris-appoints-modern-day-hero-as.html" REL="nofollow">Ray Lewis<> as deputy mayor. Seems like a good first day. I just hope he does not put Norris in charge of TfL tomorrow.

  11. conand wrote: “To be fair BBC have sacked Whale for being pro-Boris”James Whale was sacked by talkSport which is NOT a BBC station.

  12. conand wrote: “To be fair BBC have sacked Whale for being pro-Boris”James Whale was sacked by talkSport which is NOT a BBC station.

  13. Yes and OFCOM are investigating his supposedly outrageous bias, while allowing the BBC to pump out pro-Labour bias day in, day out.Way to go balance!

  14. Yes and OFCOM are investigating his supposedly outrageous bias, while allowing the BBC to pump out pro-Labour bias day in, day out.Way to go balance!

  15. OFCOM doesn’t regulate the Beeb, which is part of the problem. Commercial broadcasters face a regulator with teeth, the Beeb s allowed to get away with murder. Privatise the bastards – they’re all hypocrites anyway. Left-leaning plonkers happy to rely on a regressive poll tax to pay their salaries.

  16. OFCOM doesn’t regulate the Beeb, which is part of the problem. Commercial broadcasters face a regulator with teeth, the Beeb s allowed to get away with murder. Privatise the bastards – they’re all hypocrites anyway. Left-leaning plonkers happy to rely on a regressive poll tax to pay their salaries.

  17. Came here via a link off a link.Bit spooky seeing my face staring back at me just as a consequence of a visit, in the ‘recent readers’ box!Anyhoo, as I am here, might I solicit any advice on better ways to engage with the national broadcaster who I (have to) co-fund?They have put up several mechanism for feedback (blogs, etc) that either don’t work (after a revamp) or only selectively (either by glitch or moderation or dubious agenda), and the complaints mechanisms are either woeful or they simply don’t care or hope you’ll give up (right to the Trust (not) top).It has ceased to be a bad joke.If it’s rubbish tech and sloppy service that needs addressing anyway. But shaping editorial by playing silly b*ggers with who can and can’t write in, be seen and/or get highlighted is much more serious and ‘they’ (who? Newswatch fodder?) need to be challenged and held to account.This is £3.5B of our money being used as a personal plaything for those who seem to have a warped view of democracy (I have been astounded at how voter free choice has been spun as an aberration of those unfit to understand the ‘real’ issues) and the rights of the individual, especially to be heard.

  18. Came here via a link off a link.Bit spooky seeing my face staring back at me just as a consequence of a visit, in the ‘recent readers’ box!Anyhoo, as I am here, might I solicit any advice on better ways to engage with the national broadcaster who I (have to) co-fund?They have put up several mechanism for feedback (blogs, etc) that either don’t work (after a revamp) or only selectively (either by glitch or moderation or dubious agenda), and the complaints mechanisms are either woeful or they simply don’t care or hope you’ll give up (right to the Trust (not) top).It has ceased to be a bad joke.If it’s rubbish tech and sloppy service that needs addressing anyway. But shaping editorial by playing silly b*ggers with who can and can’t write in, be seen and/or get highlighted is much more serious and ‘they’ (who? Newswatch fodder?) need to be challenged and held to account.This is £3.5B of our money being used as a personal plaything for those who seem to have a warped view of democracy (I have been astounded at how voter free choice has been spun as an aberration of those unfit to understand the ‘real’ issues) and the rights of the individual, especially to be heard.

  19. BlueEyes said:’I find the Sky News coverage a lot more intellectual, with intelligent interviewers etc.’Adam Boulton believes that < HREF="http://www.lynnefeatherstone.org/2008/05/why-sky-is-liberal-democrats-of-tv-news.htm" REL="nofollow">Sky News is the Liberal Democrats of news programs<>. I guess that leaves the Conservatives being ITN – not a bad news organisation, but a strange obsession with the royal family at the end of every news report.

  20. BlueEyes said:’I find the Sky News coverage a lot more intellectual, with intelligent interviewers etc.’Adam Boulton believes that < HREF="http://www.lynnefeatherstone.org/2008/05/why-sky-is-liberal-democrats-of-tv-news.htm" REL="nofollow">Sky News is the Liberal Democrats of news programs<>. I guess that leaves the Conservatives being ITN – not a bad news organisation, but a strange obsession with the royal family at the end of every news report.

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