Warning: mysql_num_fields() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /home/sydwalki/public_html/blog/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 3096

 
SIDEBAR
»
S
I
D
E
B
A
R
«
About this website

SydWalker.Info is a personal website. I live in tropical Australia near Cairns. I oppose war, plutocracy, injustice, sectarian supremacism and apartheid. I support urgent action to achieve genuine sustainability and a fair and prosperous society for all. I rely upon - and support - free speech as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see below).

with the dawg

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers"

Blog Issues

Unless otherwise indicated, material on this website is written by Syd Walker.

Anyone is welcome to re-publish material sourced from this site, as long as the source is acknowledged with a hyperlink.

Material from other sources reproduced here is presented on a 'Fair Use' basis. I try to cite references accurately. Please contact me if you have queries, comments, broken link reports, complaints - or just to say hello.

Boycott Apartheid!
Boycott
Category Cloud
Warning: max(): When only one parameter is given, it must be an array in /home/sydwalki/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/widget-category-cloud/category-cloud.php on line 141

Warning: min(): When only one parameter is given, it must be an array in /home/sydwalki/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/widget-category-cloud/category-cloud.php on line 141


Warning: asort() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /home/sydwalki/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/widget-category-cloud/category-cloud.php on line 154

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/sydwalki/public_html/blog/wp-content/plugins/widget-category-cloud/category-cloud.php on line 164

RSS RSS Feed
July 2017
S M T W T F S
« Dec    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  
Search this website
Softball on 'HardTalk'
Nov 22nd, 2008 by Syd Walker

HardTalkSome TV is pure shock and awe.

Take the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)’s internationally-broadcast current affairs interview program ‘HardTalk’.

In times past, Englishmen had a reputation for politeness and reserve. It’s possible that was really just another smug self-serving Anglocentric myth – but there did seem to be some validity to the stereotype – at least on the BBC. Politeness was normal. A generation ago, interviewers like Richard Dimpleby combined incisive interview technique with courtesy. His son maintains the tradition.

But politeness is no longer at the cutting edge, if HardTalk is any guide. These days, the brightest and best British interviewers have an extra talent to offer viewers. They can shout louder than anyone else. This especially applies if they interview foreigners.

In the unlikely event I ever get interviewed on this marvellous program, I shall certainly take a megaphone along. These guys are experts at shouting down their guests! Steven Sackur of HardTalk

A couple of years ago, the Chief Shouter was Tim Sebastian. But the BBC has been going through generational change.

In 2008, Shouter No 1 is Steven Sackur. It’s a hard call, but I think he may be an louder shouter than Tim. His lung capacity is probably greater. One of these days, there really should be an International Shouting Competition between Britain and the USA. Perhaps the USA will field Bill O’Reilly. It would be a match well worth watching – a clash of titans. I’d bet a Euro on Sackur to over-shout even the Beast of the ‘No Spin Zone’.

»  Substance:WordPress   »  Style:Ahren Ahimsa