The BBC: from Elmore Leonard to PepsiCo

Despite all the preparation Entwistle fell because he wasn’t ready for what happened when Mark Thompson vacated that chair. There is a scene at the beginning of Elmore Leonard’s “Freaky Deaky” where Chris Mankowski, a bomb disposal specialist on his …


Disenchanted

How British science broke off its love affair with a once adoring public – well with one of them at least. This is the text of a speech I gave to the “Generation Science Club” at the Edinburgh Science Festival… It …


Who loves Monday Morning?

You’re not just an entrepreneur and a creative power house any more: you’re a manager too. You didn’t sign up for this! You’re surrounded by a bunch of people; people you were smart enough to employ. But although they all …


Whose Truth?

On a stifling day in Edinburgh in August 2002 a couple of hundred people had half filled an air conditioned lecture theatre at the TV Festival to watch five journalists lay claim to the the truth. Some, like me had …


London 2012

There’s a wiry chap called Tim Gill; about forty, wears glasses. He’s a serious and intense sort. A man on a mission, touring the lecture circuit. His specialism is quite literally child’s play. He starts every lecture the same way. …