Despite the fact that he built audiences wherever he went, Gaunt's tendency to editorialise made him an uncomfortable fit at the BBC, which is governed by strict rules about impartiality. "I only fitted in at the BBC because I was successful," he agrees. "They would have sacked me otherwise. Of course I should be on Radio 5." In case I missed the point, he repeats: "I should be on Radio 5. I should be doing that show at 9 o'clock in the morning. [Host] Victoria Derbyshire's useless. In the interests of impartiality, balance and Reithian values, they should have me on - clearly flag what sort of show it is, have guests on who oppose what I say - and that would be proper radio. Do you think Victoria Derbyshire and Nicky Campbell don't have their political bias? They come with a soft-liberal, left-leaning view, all of them. And that's what's wrong with the BBC."
Friday, October 05, 2007
I consider Talk Sport to be an invention of the devil (aka R. Murdoch), but I like the cut of Jon Gaunt's jib.