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John Humphrys on the Today Programme

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Twenty Inch, 12 Sep 2007.

  1. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    I'm fed up to the back teeth with his persistent and irrelevant ego-parading interruptions of news items, reports and other presenters. Does anyone else feel that the man is a bumptious prick?

    I've emailed the today programme team from this page

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/cgiemail/radio4/today/haveyoursay/contactus.txt

    Text of email below:

    John Humphrys' persistent and irrelevant interruptions of reports, presenters and news items are a huge irritation. They diminish the programme and detract from the items. My heart sinks nowadays when I turn the radio on and hear his voice. Please have a word with him.

    Let's be quite clear - I'm all for his agressive interviewing of politicians. It's all the other pompous idiocy I can't stand.
     
  2. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Can't stand his style... using archives to constantly (and usually unnecessarily) trip people up over something quite trivial, dressing his point up in impossible to follow convolutions:
    "But you said, in 1996, that were the governement to implement a policy which gainsays the current changing stance on the need for stabilisation of the economy, that you wouldn't entertain the idea of not changing your stance on such moves. Is that not a U-turn of sorts?" and other such blah. Now listen to 5Live instead...
     
  3. I like it. But them I'm an obtuse bugger as well.
    Wouldn't like to be interviewed by him though...
     
  4. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    I quite like his style. if a interviewee has changed tack over the course of time it is important to probe that person to find out why. Too many MP's in particular cannot do an interview without referring to the party line. Humphries tries to get behind that and find out what the person really thinks.
     
  5. Lefire

    Lefire New Member

    Location:
    Colchester
    JH isn't half as bad as Jerermy Vine.
     
  6. Humphrys is annoying, but not half so annoying as Carolyn Quinn.

    She's so trivial and irrelevant, her 'jolly hockey sticks' style is so irritating.

    She tries to do the Humphrys aggressive interviewing thing, but as soon as the interviewee goes outside her scripted questions she can't keep up, she just asks the scripted questions anyway, even if the interviewee has just answered them, or agreed the point, or let slip some unexpected revelation that ought to be jumped-on.
     
  7. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    That's true too - she's a lightweight and out of her depth most mornings.
     
  8. On the other hand I like Naughtie and Ed Stourton, Sarah Montague is OK.


    Eddie Mair really p*sses me off on PM, where his stand-in is...Carolyn Quinn !
     
  9. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    I like Eddie - he has a good line in dry, self-deprecating humour. I can't comment much on Humphreys et al as I'm out on the bike by the time they come on at 6am...

    (I do still love that 'Bell End' clip from Today with Humphreys and the lexicographer though. I remember hearing that 'as it happened' and I almost fell to the floor in hysterics as it got more and more Viz-like...)
     
  10. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    El Humpo is a living god. It's a game and some of the politicos he interviews understand that, some just don't. I think he's great. :smile:
     
  11. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I heard JH isn't nice to work with but I'm happy enough listening to him. I think one of the great things about R4 is the range of interview styles. If it were all done a la Humphrys then I'd get sick of it, but variety keeps it fresh.
     
  12. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    It's NOT the interviewing. It's the countless, pointless interruptions of his colleagues' reports, spots, links and so on. Attention-seeking and irritating.
     
  13. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Oh really! He's getting quite old; have some respect. He knows a lot, probably more than you anyway.
     
  14. just jim

    just jim Guest

    Anyone hear Humphries interviewing Paxman on his Edinburgh International Television festival lecture? Quite odd - like De Niro and Pacino appearing in the same scene for the first time ever in' Heat'.

    I'd have thought it went against some kind of BBC guideline or sumpin.
     
  15. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

    Location:
    Hampshire
    I think he was a bit stumped as to handle the French bloke he had on this morning.