Monday, October 30, 2006

MediaGuardian Review 18DoughtyStreet

18DoughtyStreet gets its first review in this morning's Guardian, which you can read HERE. Very fair and balanced and written by novelist and blogger Dave Hill.

Tonight on my programme Vox Politix Zoe and I will be joined at 9pm by three bloggers: Philip Cowley from Revolts, Helen Szamuely from EU Referendum and LibDem blogger Will Howells from No Geek is an Island. Among other things we'll be talking about party whipping, the future for political mavericks and the Climate Change report.

9 comments:

Dave Hill said...

"Very balanced and fair"? Clearly my standards are slipping.

Rigger Mortice said...

For what it's worth I'd agree with the review.what I enjoy is the fact that the party nodders that normally predominate on newsnight don't get a look in.

there are people who actually have convictions and aren't afraid to express it.

Devil's Kitchen said...

One thing that was missing from the review but which I think is extremely important is the interactivity of 18DS. It is a thrill to be able to send in a (relatively) expansive comment and have someone read it out minutes later and to hear other people debate it; one is always interested in what others think of one's opinions (one of the reasons that so many blogs have Comments switched on, I suspect).

Anyway, I look forward to tonight's programming...

DK

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the "fair and balanced" can't be an accidental use of the words, is "and unafraid" soon to follow?

Dave said...

I haven't watched 18DS yet and I promise I will. But why is it to be a success on the web you must produce a product that is shoddy? 18DS can't find the papers to review? Charming apparently. It's like when the Media Guardian podcast sounds like it was recorded in the next door cubical of a toilet to the one the interview was taking place in.
It's not charming, it shows a contempt for your viewers and listeners.

Iain Dale said...

Dave, 12.16 The only reason there weren't papers to review is becase they weren't delivered. On a Chmpions League night the papers push their deadlines back which means that we don't get them before midnight. The BBC and Sky presumably have the same problem, although they can access the front pages online which we cannot.

Dave Hill said...

My mention of early editions of newpapers not turning up on a particular night was not intended to imply incompetence on the part of 18DSt. Newsnight, for example, always "takes a look" at early editions and they sometimes have very few or even none for the same reason Iain gave.

My point was that the End Of The Day Show was able to be both entirely candid about this and able to adapt perfectly well, and that this demonstrated an attractive informality - and honesty - you don't often get with slicker, more tightly timed and formatted television.

This more adaptable and less hurried quality is the same as enables long comments of the type DK mentions to be read out and discussed in a way emails and texts from viewers and listeners are not on, say, Five Live or other more maintream radio/TV channels with an interactive element.

I think the channel shows great promise and may bring about important changes in broadcasting just as blogging has in publishing, (And, yes, I would like to be asked back...!)

Manfarang said...

18 Doubty Street?

Dave said...

Fair enough. Now all I have to do is find the time to sit down and watch an edition!
(I still stand by my comments about the quality of the Grauniad Podcast though!)