The Angry Buzz: This Week and Current Affairs Television by Patricia Holland

By Patricia Holland

The offended Buzz argues for the significance of present affairs broadcasting within the united kingdom during the background of the autonomous tv sequence This week, which ran for 35 years. The ebook explores the present affairs schedule; rules and public provider tv; problems with gender, and masses more.

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Tom Hopkinson, the former Editor of Picture Post, and William Hardcastle, Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail, were brought in as advisers on news gathering and as occasional interviewers; James Cameron of the News Chronicle and Kenneth Harris of the Observer were commissioned to present items on a one-off basis – in particular interviewing heavyweight politicians, economists and scientists. Relying on ‘the knowledge and opinions of people outside the staff for the solid background material that goes into our items’ was regre�ed by Peter Hunt, but, he went on, ‘all that is changing.

The series set out to reflect its times, and sometimes it did so inadvertently. But to a large extent its writers, directors and producers simply got on and did what seemed interesting to them. For example, the early This Week had its own aviation correspondent, ex-fighter pilot Colin Hodgkinson, ‘who lost his legs training to fly Spitfires’. He provided the programme with snappy and inventive stories for several years and built a twoseater plane for £500 in a shed on the Isle of Wight. 57). Life on This Week A�er a live transmission the team would wind down at the local pub (there were some heavy drinkers) and at the Good Friends restaurant.

The crisis in the Middle East had been a crisis of colonial confidence and of Britain’s global role, but it was also a crisis of rising post-war prosperity. Western nations, and Britain in particular, were forced to recognize that world resources were not under their automatic control. 56). As well as being a watershed in modern global politics, Suez is widely thought to have revolutionized political television. Grace Wyndham Goldie commented that it was ‘a salutary warning of the lengths to which a political party may go, when in power, to prevent the broadcasting of any opinions but its own’.

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