“I had a mind blank” says leading politician

During the UK’s 2015 General Election and in the midst of a popular period for the Green Party, I booked Natalie Bennett for what became an infamous interview. The leader of the party appeared on the Nick Ferrari Breakfast Show on LBC. Amongst the briefing document, I included information about the estimations they had madeContinue reading ““I had a mind blank” says leading politician”

I wanted to kill you… when talk radio takes a dramatic turn.

While I was Weekend Editor at British national radio station, LBC and settling in the relatively new Presenter Maajid Nawaz, I put through a man calling himself Rizwan*. It was a risk but we were doing an hour about extremism and so his story and thoughts were relevant. Rizwan was a former extremist who wantedContinue reading “I wanted to kill you… when talk radio takes a dramatic turn.”

“Ask if they’re thinking about suicide”

Suicide is an important but tricky item to cover. Journalists have to be aware of the negative effect it can have on people listening and take various measures to ensure they mitigate it and help, all while telling the truth. After a number of students had taken their own life at some universities, including 13Continue reading ““Ask if they’re thinking about suicide””

Generation Muscle

A colleague and I decided to do a documentary at the end of a course together. We were drawn to the topic of the body beautiful and the cost it can have mentally and physically on people. We felt that a lot had been done focusing on women but less on men. I was olderContinue reading “Generation Muscle”

Escaping Nazi Germany

Hanna Nyman was a child when her mother arranged her escape from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport. She arrived in London by train and eventually settled in Farnham, Surrey. Over 10,000 European children escaped World War II in this way. I’d only spoken to Hanna over the phone once but knew that I’d like to tryContinue reading “Escaping Nazi Germany”

Can Cats fly?

Yes, in a way. I received a phone call from a lady who told me there had been a tornado in Chobham, Surrey and some cats had taken flight. A tornado in the heart of South-East England is unexpected. After checking the weather and asking for photographic evidence (sadly no photos of flying felines), I knew it wasContinue reading “Can Cats fly?”

Titanic

I was asked to front and produce a one hour show about the sinking of the Titanic and it’s local links. I was given free reign. I decided early on not to feature my voice as much as possible, and thus to make sure the edit meant better flow from one story to the next.Continue reading “Titanic”

An Animal on Air

A fun interview with a really interesting man who had stories to tell – the original drummer of the Animals, John Steel, joined me on a show I presented on BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey. We talked Jimi Hendrix, human “tigers” in NYC, being carried off stage, their hits and their legacy. I started by askingContinue reading “An Animal on Air”