The Media & Mrs May’s Manifesto Mayhem

It is already apparent the BBC are going soft on the Conservative/Mrs May manifesto.

  • No in depth questioning on what the level of means testing for winter fuel allowance.
  • No in depth grilling on why they’ve basically ditched the Dillnot report on social care funding.
  • No in depth attack over seven years of failed immigration pledges.
  • No mocking of the immigration job tax for those needing employees outside the EU (coz we were supposed to be welcoming these!)
  • No constant questioning as to why students are being included in immigration cap no numbers and promises
  • no dissenting voices over the cuts to pensions.
  • hardly a whimper about cutting free infant lunches.


  • nothing about there being not one single costing in the manifesto whatsoever!!!

Nope. Instead, were hearing a lot about “difficult decisions”, “balancing acts”, “keeping brexit voters happy”, “being bold” and so on.

A little different to how the reporting and interviewing around Labour’s manifesto was conducted.

But then, I’m told I’m just a paranoid lefty for expecting even handed and impartiality from the BBC and media.

Introducing Peter Nicholls, local radio broadcaster?

It’s been sometime since I wrote a personal entry that was about me and not some cause or issue, but it’s about time isn’t it?

May 30th – June 23rd was our yearly community radio FM RSL projected at Staffordshire University, called Cre8 Radio. This was the longest FM RSL run we have done since Cre8 launched in 2009 and we had a fantastic time. I hosted a 2 hour afternoon show most days, including weekends, and during the week I had a fellow co-host in the form of Liam Maxwell.

On the back of this, I’ve finally plucked up the courage, pushed by my lecturer and former BBC Stoke producer Anne Duffell, to get a demo in to Radio Stoke. Having nearly 50 hours of live radio audio to choose the best from also helped!

So here it is, my radio broadcast demo for BBC local radio. Fingers crossed!

The numbers don’t belong here!

Important updates at the foot of this article.

Last week the PM declared there were “120,000 troubled families” who were responsible for all manner of woes. He said “we know who these families are” and calculated that these people were costing the country £70,000 each per year.

The trouble is, no one (except the BBC’s More or Less programme) looked at the figures to see how they were achieved. It turns out they come from a study of a subset of people, and those 120,000 is a rounding up of a 117,000 figure that the study came up with, saying that families had 5 or more of particular ‘disadvantagments’, making them ‘multiply disadvantaged’.

The government then, as their statement said, used this figure because it was the closest to what they wanted to measure. There was a slipage from ‘troubled’ to ‘trouble makers’, however there is no evidence that ‘troubled families’ are trouble making families. But it makes a grreat headline for the paper of the ‘people’ to follow.

It is the first item at the beginning of Radio 4s More or Less on Friday 18th May 2012, download link here.

More or Less Podcasts: 

UPDATE: Troubled Families Research Discredited. (5/11/2012)

The study that is referred to in this post has since been completely discredited. It turns out that the 117,000 figure was itself an extrapolation. We now know that Casey interviewed just 16 families. The New Statesman carries this story.

FURTHER UPDATE: Author admits number simply made up. (8/04/2013)

I have been following the saga of the “120,000 troubled families” since it was first mentioned in speech by PM David Cameron last May. I first reported here in some detail that  this number and the rational behind it was at best dubious. And finally after some pressure form others in the field,  Louise Casey, the author of the original report in to this, finally admitted that the “120,000 troubled families” number was simply made up.

Long time needed update!

Wow. It’s been too long. Very quickly, I’ve landed some work experience at Radio One and I am so excited. What a chance in a life time opportunity! As part of this, I’ll be spending a morning with the Chris Moyles Team, and they want me to do some audience research. So, could you please answer the few questions below; copy and past them in to a response to this post. THANK YOU!

What is your favourite genre/type of music?
Who is your favourite pop star/artist/band/DJ around at the moment?
What are your favourite TV programmes?
How do you spend an average weekend? What do you like to do with your friends?
How important is clothing to you? What type of clothes do you buy?
What phone do you own?
What’s your favourite social networking site? (Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Twitter etc.)
How often do you use it and what for?
What are the 5 most important possessions in your life?
What do your parents moan to you about most?
Who do you look up to most? (family figure, friend, celebrity?)
Who is the biggest celebrity in your world at the moment?
Do you listen to the Chris Moyles Show?
What are your favourite parts of the show if you do?
Which parts of the show annoy/irritate you?
What guests would you like to see appear on the show?
What type of feature would you like to see introduced on the show?
What other shows do you listen to on Radio 1?
What do you like about them?

Live on Radio 1 this morning…

I played the MP3 game on the Greg James show this morning just before 6am and told him about my radio show on GK Radio. He rang me back after to say ta and ask a bit more about the show. I told him I’d ripped off Scott Mills game.

“What you called it?” he asked.

Realizing how unorriginal I really was now I replied, “Oh, what’s occurring…”  then tried to justify the the fact that I’d done my own music and format! Humph.

He then dissed me live on air for pinching the name 😛 Ha, ha. I so deserved it I know.

So, do you have a better name or idea for the development of the game that I’ve ripped off Scott Mills?

Sammy G and Jimmy James

Sammy G at the album launch.

On this weeks show, I had special guest Janice Gunnell treating us to some of the music she would take on her portable MP3 player in my new feature, ‘Castaway ‘. She mentioned her son (and friend of mine too) Sammy-G.

Sammy-G is what you could loosely term a Gospel Rap Artist and has been doing gigs up and down the country for quite a few years now. The music we featured on the show, ‘Pure Silence’ and ‘Find Me’, are from his new self-promoted album ‘Dublit: Plain and Simple’ available from iTunes, follow this link:

You can also visit his MySpace page at: