Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Lot going on today regards Hutton and I think Jon Snow's got a good opinion on it all, considering he works for a rival broadcaster (taken from Snowmail - Click here to subscribe:

"Good afternoon, Jon Snow here with my first reaction to the Hutton
report:


Hutton verdict: Government good; BBC bad
========================================
You don't order a public inquiry in this country as Prime Minister
unless you are pretty confident of its outcome. Lord Hutton has rewarded
Tony Blair's confidence. The Hutton Report into the death of Britain's
top Iraq Weapons Inspector completely vindicates the Government in almost
every quarter. There is mild criticism of unnamed Ministry of Defence
officials for not caring more for Dr Kelly after he had been revealed
as the source of the BBC's claim that Downing Street had 'sexed up'
their dossier on Iraq's WMD.

Mr Blair attracts no criticism from the Judge, neither does the Defence
Secretary Geoff Hoon, nor the top civil servant in the Defence
Department, Kevin Tebbit. So in short, the Prime Minister did not lie. The BBC
however did broadcast a lie, according to Hutton and fell down on its
management systems. Hutton's findings damn the BBC, it will be a very
difficult time for them.

In the end there is a culture clash surrounding this report. Whenever
there is doubt involving the Government Lord Hutton determines that
Government acts with integrity, journalists tend to regard the Government
with scepticism. The true case for war has still not been inquired into
nor the failure of the intelligence services. Though David Kay, who
resigned as head of the Iraq Survey Group only last week is giving
evidence in Washington this afternoon. We'll see what he has to say.

Whatever, the likelihood is that the BBC and its fate will now come to
dominate the debate rather than the issues surrounding the war. As
regards the BBC, whatever mistakes were made, Government clashes with the
state broadcaster are dangerous, there are implications for every
journalist. This is very dicey territory. We could find that the death of
David Kelly ends up robbing Britain of the best public service broadcaster
in the world. To the great joy of several newspaper magnates and their
empires.
More at: http://www.channel4.com/news/2004/01/week_4/28_hutton.html

This is one of the most worrying and difficult days of my broadcasting
career. I hope we rise to the occasion. We shall be trying at seven.

Hope to see you then

I wish you well,

Jon Snow"


So, leaving aside the important questions still remaining and which the government, for all they say, ARE ignoring, will the government (and remember the Conservatives were always anti-BBC so no support there...) be happy with a neutered and servile BBC, once world-reknown? Yes, important mistakes were made but rushed changes could have an even bigger impact down the line. We shall see...

N.B. on same subject, different note, the FT got David Kelly's name first, followed by the Mail, Telegraph (plus another whose name escapes me from Lord Hutton's summary today); then the Times got it - after asking twenty other names first. Someone not on the ball at Murdoch HQ?

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Never forget the mistakes of our past lest we remake them: National Holocaust Day

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Well better post than never.....more a stream of thought. First is that Steve Buscemi is now firmly on my "actors to see, no matter what the movie" as he just seems to perfectly fit whatever role he's in. Big Fish was the one tonight and, although his face is instantly recognisable, he just...inhabits the role so absolutely you just think "yeah, he is a poet/con man/banker". Honest. Which brings me to the first websites to add: All Movie.com, All Music.com, All Classical.com and All Game.com. All part of the All Media Guide Group but what a set of resources, invaluable to me so far on Music and Movies and the others are just as good to my unpracticed eye.

Meanwhile, the passing of a legend: Fanny Blankers-Koen. I can't say more on the legend as I never saw her perform but her reputation speaks for herself, especially the IAAF voting her female athlete of the 20th century (Carl Lewis was the male one for those wishing to know). RIP and we shall not see her like again.

OK, enuff for now, later bud.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Although not posting here, note the new stuff appearing on the links bit. See, not so lazy now eh?

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Ah, talk about childhood, thanks to Neil Gaiman for this. Not that he'll thank me, he's far too busy doing important business writing great books and comics.....ah, The Trigan Empire, in "Look and Learn" - which as far as I know doesn't have a website....it was brill, usually the only thing worth reading and looked fantastic...right, that's my day gone then.