More Radio

This is the second promised post for the day.
I've been asked to appear on tomorrows the BBC Five Live morning programme, presented by Victoria Derbyshire. Essentially it is for the same sort of thing that I went on radio Scotland for – to talk about being an 'unofficial employee blogger'.

My 'bit' will be on around 10AM.

Also appearing on the programme will be Richard Allen, a Liberal Democrat MP and Spokesman on Information Technology. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Oxford Internet Institute. I've read some of his blog, and it seems that, for a politician, he has his head screwed on correctly. I'm hoping he will be in the same studio as me, so I can have a chat to him afterwards.

I suspect that I'll be able to break out the old notes that I made – except that this time I'll do my best to remember what it is I actually do for a living.

I'll also try to mention “Free Mojtaba and Arash Day” which is tomorrow, and kind of puts the recent 'sackings due to blogging' incidents into context. There are thought to be at least 20 Iranian bloggers in prison at the moment.

I was hoping that the radio piece might be more about how mainstream media is starting to become frightened of the apparent power of the Blogosphere to hold what they publish to account. Given the recent resignation of Eason Jordan and the discovery by bloggers that 'Jeff Gannon', was a right wing stooge involved in gay Internet porn. Not that there is a problem with gay porn, just that the American right-wing are rather upset at homosexuality.

But it seems that this won't be the topic of discussion, which isn't a problem as if there is one thing I can talk about it's about bogging as an employee. It it based, if you couldn't guess on the recent Waterstones firing, (Who has since got a better job, possibly due to his blogging) and people like'Dooce' and Queen of the Sky.

Still no offers from daytime telly though…

UPDATE: The producer of the show saw this and emailied me to explain why the piece wasn't about how blogging affects mainstream media. Good reasons as well, although he did seem surprised that I blogged this within half an hour of talking on the phone to him.

9 thoughts on “More Radio”

  1. > Given the recent resignation of Eason Jordan and the discovery by bloggers that 'Jeff Gannon', was a right wing stooge involved in gay Internet porn. Not that there is a problem with gay porn, just that the American right-wing are rather upset at homosexuality.Yes, but it's the left-wing bloggers who've been making such a big deal of Gannon's homosexuality. And the accusation that he was a stooge is just that – an accusation.

  2. here is another site closed down with no explanation. http://pcwoody.co.uk/blog/…..Site currently unavailable: it talked of her experiences off becoming a PC [ no not political correct ; no- a flat foot, to become a form filling arrestor of ?] I thought it was rather good bringing back memories of when one had to go through different departments and problems associated with training in ones speciality. It appears that the powers to be , have disapproved of herspeaking to the hoi polloi.

  3. And I also met Richard Allen before he was an MP and yes he has got his head screwed on very well and is a top bloke.

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