Channel 4 News carried a report on the launch of 18DoughtyStreet yesterday lunchtime and Tim Montgomerie was interviewed by Krishan Guru Murthy. Sadly I was at home planning my first two weeks' programming! You can see the four minute report HERE. Krishnan's line of questioning demonstrates clearly why we need a channel like 18DoughtyStreet. They carried a much longer report on the 7pm bulletin but sadly it's not online. However, they did a good report on the rise of blogging last week which can be accessed HERE.
Guido believes that CCHQ is "concerned" by the advent of 18DoughtyStreet. Read why HERE. I doubt it very much. There may be some who see it as dangerous but Francis Maude understands more than most that new technology can reach parts of the electorate traditional politics cannot. [plug] Francis and I are speaking alongside Dame Ann Widdecombe at the Hansard Society fringe event on politics and technology at the Tory Conference [/plug]. I guess I'll find out what he thinks then. I'm sure Ann will say people ought to have better things to do than watch TV on their computers - unless of course we start the Widdy Channel. Oh God, let me take that thought back. Frightening!
PS I'm doing the papers on News 24 again tonight at 11.45pm