Wogan’s words

Tributes to the much-loved broadcaster, Terry Wogan, speak of his ability to communicate with millions as if they were his friends. Many also mention his skilful use of the English language. When the BBC was taken to task some years ago for failing to police its presenters’ and reporters’ use of English, the campaigners made […]

Ex-BBC protest against Al Jazeera sentences

Nearly forty of my former colleagues at the BBC have written an open letter to the Egyptian government protesting against the jail sentences imposed on Al Jazeera journalists. These colleagues include former Editors of BBC World Service News, Heads of the BBC Arabic services on radio and television, BBC Middle East correspondents and, in particular, […]

Al Jazeera journalists sentenced

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who were arrested in Egypt six months ago, have been sentenced to seven years in jail. They were charged with spreading false news and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. I am horrified. I worked with Peter many years ago when […]

Free Peter Greste

Peter Greste is one of three Al Jazeera journalists being held in Egypt. Peter, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested by the Egyptian authorities on 29th December and have been detained ever since. I worked with Peter many years ago when he was with the BBC and I was a journalist in the […]