Minutes in the Media

Greg Dyke was on BBC Radio 4 yesterday discussing the publication of the BBC minutes. This prompted an unusual call-in from Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. Greg made a good point that it isn’t the job of the BBC Director General to be loved by the Culture Secretary. And I agree – can one imagine the Washington Post getting rid of Editor Bill Bradley during the Watergate scandal because of his undoubted unpopularity with President Nixon? Greg’s comments obviously struck a nerve, prompting in impromptu phone-in from the Culture Secretary herself, Tessa Jowell.

You can listen again to the BBC Today programme or hear the highlights of the row on the Guardian’s Media Podcast (where I was a guest). I was also discussing the use of FOIA and the Tribunal case on yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 ‘The Message’ show. You can listen again until next Friday.

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