So, Newstalk has shuffled around some of its presenters, though to what effect or purpose I’m not really sure.Drive has been replaced by The Hard Shoulder, and while I’ll miss Sarah McInerney from the evening show I’m not too enamoured of Ivan Yates taking over the slot. He is too laddish for my liking and is lowering the tone of...

The floods that dominated the media last week were described by one commentator as biblical and apocalyptic – an understandable exaggeration.While there was sadness and tragedy, there were moments of heroism too. One anchor on CNN News last Tuesday said the weather events showed “the worst of Mother Nature and the best of human nature...

When a drama is scheduled to run for four consecutive nights you know the broadcaster thinks it’s offering something special.And so it was with The State (Channel 4), which finished on Wednesday of last week. It was sad, disturbing, absorbing, and the recent terrorist attacks made this story of people joining ISIS all the more topical and...

I was looking forward to the new drama Trust Me (BBC 1, Tuesday nights) – it looked promising from the trailers and starred Jodie Whittaker, impressive as the bereaved mother in Broadchurch, and soon to become the new Doctor Who (more on the gender issue later). Here she plays a nurse who turns whistle-blower but is victimised and...

At the time of the election in the USA I wrote that I had a sense of dread with Donald Trump becoming President. I wouldn’t have been happy with Hilary Clinton getting the job either, and wondered how such a vast country with such potential couldn’t produce better than those two candidates. My sense of dread was rekindled last...

What I like about Sunday Sequence (BBC Radio Ulster) is the wide variety of topics and contributors. Last Sunday’s edition had several worthwhile topics covered even in the first half hour. There was an analysis of the current political troubles in resource-rich Venezuela, outlining the Church’s mediation attempts and its...

It wasn’t as momentous as some made out but the departure of the host from Tonight With Vincent Browne (TV3) after ten years is certainly worth marking. His period on the show has been marked by outrage at social injustice, incisive political analysis, savaging of politicians, affirming of journalists (except from the Irish Independent...

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