A double whammy from Evan Davis on the first paper review of this morning’s Today programme. Not only did he treat us to the paper review catchphrase (“The Guardian leads with the same story as us”) he went on to tell us that the Telegraph’s main headline (about the IMF) was “slanted”. Thanks for the editorialising, Evan, but how about letting us make up our own minds?
What was it that former BBC journalist Peter Sissons said again?
By far the most popular and widely read newspapers at the BBC are The Guardian and The Independent. Producers refer to them routinely for the line to take on running stories, and for inspiration on which items to cover. In the later stages of my career, I lost count of the number of times I asked a producer for a brief on a story, only to be handed a copy of The Guardian and told ‘it’s all in there’.
Perhaps the Guardian has such low circulation figures because the lefties choose to listen to the broadcast version on Radio 4 every morning instead.