Thursday, January 02, 2014

P J Harvey who is she? Why let her edit Today Programme?

Every Day I set my alarm to wake me with Radio 4 Today Programme, I realise that the BBC has a left wing slant to its programming but until a Commercial Station can come up with an equivalent, people like me will listen to it. The broadcast today that is January 2nd 2014 was nothing more then a diatribe of left wing views. For some reason or other at this time of the year they invite different people to edit the programme. Today it was someone called P J Harvey a singer I must be real Philistine because I had never heard of her and her presentation was like listening to a 12 year  reading from a book in front of a Class of other children, it was a monotonous drone. Maybe you think I am being unkind Well No. Although I do not always like the content of the BBC but one thing they are is professional and this was far from professional.  As an Editor she chose what was to be the programme for today which include many poems and songs most having no relevance to a news programme, she then invited John Pilger the left wing reporter to rant his left wing views for 10 minutes and did this women allow a reply by someone with opposing views NO! a broadcaster said there would be an opposing view tomorrow and they call that balanced reporting. The last spot went to Julian Assange he was the guy who runs Wikileaks and released lots of Government secrets, which can be used by our enemies, the Ecuador Government gives him diplomatic sanctuary because the Swedish Government want to bring him to trial on Sex Crimes. The film on him Bombed and this women put him on “Thought For the Day” a spot normally reserved for the thoughts of different religions.

The only saving grace was a piece on how our injured soldiers were coping with life after massive injuries. This was a very moving piece to hear how young men who have lost their private parts learning to cope and how a man who lost both legs was more concerned about his colostomy bag leaking. He said people see the external injuries but it is the injuries you do not see that can make life intolerable. This finished with a song by Joan Baez, which was very relevant to the subject and defy anyone to say they did not have a lump in their throat after this piece.

Here are detail of Today’s programme and make up your own mind

Business news with Simon Jack. Writer and broadcaster John Rees looks at the City of London.
The UN special representative to South Sudan has warned that the number of people displaced by fighting across the country is expected to go up significantly from current estimates of 180,000. The BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports.
Business news with Simon Jack. Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, discusses sales figures for UK retailers over the festive period.
Could critics of the NHS come up with an alternative? Clive Stafford Smith, the founder of Reprieve, speaks to members of staff and patients.
Wambugu Wa Nyingi gives his testimony of torture, after he was arrested by the colonial British authorities in 1952 on suspicion of being part of the Mau Mau uprising.
A report in the Telegraph on 2 January suggests that we could soon see jail terms of hundreds of years being handed down by judges in the UK. Paul Mendelle QC, former chair of the Criminal Bar Association, examines.
The journalist John Pilger looks at the issue of censorship.
Thought for the Day with Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
An average 2.8% increase in rail fares comes into effect on Thursday, pushing the cost of some commuter travel to more than £5,000 a year. The rail minister Stephen Hammond speaks to presenter Sarah Montague.
The actor and director Ralph Fiennes reads the poem Austerities by Charles Simic.
Energy regulator Ofgem claims its banning of confusing and complex tariffs will create a simpler and clearer market. Ian Marlee, a senior partner to Ofgem, discusses.
The photographer Giles Duley looks at the realities for injured servicemen.
Guardian journalist Ian Cobain and Phil Shiner from Public Interest Lawyers discuss the issue of torture; plus actor and director Ralph Fiennes reads The Fight for Peace by Shaker Aamer.
A look at the use of communist rhetoric throughout history, and how the new year broadcast from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tapped into this. Bob Service, professor of Russian History at Oxford, examines.
A special Thought for the Day, with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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