Very entertaining

some bits are very funny, sort of

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Bankers all over the world are trying to repair their reputations and refill the bank's coffers. By contrast the state broadcaster, otherwise know as the BBC, is pretending nothing is wrong. But there is. Jonathan Ross is usually described as a presenter, chat show host and celebrity. Russell Brand, also does those things, but is able to manage being a comedian as well, he does 'stand up', he writes too, for the Guardian. As you are no doubt aware Ross and Brand have got both themselves and their employer into a bit of bother. However, unlike the bankers the chances are that the reputations of both and that of their various employers will only suffer a minor setback. As Ross earns about £6 million a year you may say he is cheaper than a high-flyer banker, true, but not relevant.

Wheeler and the BBC

Facts and personalities

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The death of Charles Wheeler was announced on the 4th of July 2008. He was a BBC man through and through, but then so was Alistair Cooke. When Cooke died the whole world, so it seemed, took it in turns to step forward and say how good he was. And he was, but good at what? Few people could remember his writing for the Guardian, too far back in time but most would recall the radio broadcasts and not so much the content as the man himself. The genial warm lyrical speech style as if floating above the subject but without seeming to be detached from it. The whole world stepped forward? Well not Charles Wheeler, he suggested that Cooke was detached, implying that he was never in the thick of it - such as a race riot in the USA- so was a lightweight. The gulf between Cooke and Wheeler was huge, the reason? This quote from the Times gives us some idea of why this was so -

Wheeler himself would probably have considered his major series (on BBC TV) as his five-part Charles Wheeler’s America (1996) but this, in fact, was disappointing, largely because of his modest refusal to give pride of place to his own personality. (Not for nothing was he one of the harshest critics of Alistair Cooke and his 1972 mega series on America.)

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