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Month: November 2009

PCC Wants To Regulate UK Bloggers

In a disturbing article, Ian Burrell describes how the chair of the the Press Complaints Commission wants the supposed “watchdog” to have jurisdiction over blogs, suggesting that blogs do not have the same right of reply that they offer people offended by newspapers.

My response to Baroness Buscombe, whose ill-considered neo-New Labour idea is described above is a plain and simple “Get stuffed!”

Bloggers write about issues that are important to them, issues about which they can write with far more knowledge than the mainstream media, issues which the mainstream media think aren’t worth any coverage because they don’t sell newspapers.

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BBC Crowing About Possible Ashes Free-To-Air

The BBC has been crowing about how the Ashes home series are “set for free-to-air return”.  Let’s take a look at the reality of the situation and some of the different ways cricket is broadcast in the UK.

England won the Ashes in 2005 in what must rank as one of the best moments in sporting theatre for many years.  I cried with joy when Rudi Koertzen and Billy Bowden lifted the bails from the stumps at the Oval to signal the first home Ashes win since 1985.  But this was a series shown on Channel 4, not the BBC.  If memory serves, the BBC didn’t bid for any rights after Channel 4 won the rights.  So we had good coverage, good commentary (Mark Nicholas may be seen as a smoothie but from what I’ve seen of him he’s a nice guy, Simon Hughes is excellent, Geoff Boycott tells it straight, Tony Greig and Michael Slater added raw emotion and hype) and highlights at a reasonable (and fixed) time.

People will debate the rights and wrongs of Giles Clarke’s decision to then award the rights to BSkyB.  The money received at grass roots club level was sorely needed.  Sky’s cricket presentation has improved over the years and is now excellent.

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Bad Managers “Single Biggest Cause Of Stress Problems”

Schemes are like codes of conduct – fine sounding words but meaningless unless actually signed up and adhered to. Too often when the brown stuff hits the air circulation device employers think not of how to support that employee and get them back contributing positively but of their own short termism; the scheme goes out of the window and the employee is almost driven to being signed off with stress and never returning.

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