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The real Rupert Murdoch, by Kelvin MacKenzie

1 August 2020 9:00 am

The BBC documentary on Rupert Murdoch is pure one-sided bile, says Kelvin MacKenzie

A fine, even rather noble drama: BBC1's The Salisbury Poisonings reviewed

20 June 2020 9:00 am

This week, BBC1 brought us a three-part dramatisation of an ‘unprecedented crisis’ in recent British life. Among other things, it…

Writing obituaries can be strangely life-affirming

9 May 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing morbid about writing obituaries

The hypocrisy of our politicians’ support for press freedom

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Cynical old hacks like me have been amused by the chorus of establishment applause for the Mail on Sunday’s great…

‘True Love’, 1981, by Posy Simmonds

The quiet genius of Posy Simmonds, Hogarth’s heir

1 June 2019 9:00 am

‘It’s no use at all,’ says Posy Simmonds in mock despair, holding up her hands. ‘I can’t tell my left…

Rachel Johnson: Getting sacked is a badge of honour. And I should know

15 September 2018 9:00 am

People are still asking ‘So, how was your summer’ and mine was nice as far as it went: I didn’t…

The great thing about the World Cup is you don’t even have to watch it to enjoy it

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Even though I don’t watch much football I love the World Cup because it’s my passport to total freedom. I…

Why can’t podcasts be more like Radio 4?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Now here’s a series that would make a brilliant podcast but is also classic Radio 4 — they don’t have…

Diary

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, the Today programme marks its 60th anniversary, so I have been mugging up on the archives. If there…

The right kind of dumbing down

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Thanks to meteoric advances in computational power, it is now possible to take abundant data from a wide range of…

A feral, all-powerful press? The Whittingdale story disproves that

16 April 2016 9:00 am

For weeks, Westminster has been full of rumours about the private life of a certain cabinet member. It was said…

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

Would you like to buy an American’s vote?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Killing time in a Heathrow first-class lounge, I notice how many men adopt an unmistakable ‘first-class lounge’ persona. They stand…

Why won’t the media call a cock a cock?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

On the Radio 4 news at 11 o’clock last Saturday morning there was a joky report about roosters in Brisbane. The…

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

Warm and cuddly? (Photo: Getty)

Piers Morgan’s diary: What I have in common with Jeremy Corbyn – and Katie Hopkins

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Party conference season is the most pointless waste of money, time and liver quality ever devised. I attended these sweaty,…

Chris Mullin’s diary: Murdoch’s men couldn’t face even a fictional Corbyn victory

19 September 2015 8:00 am

With four days to go until the result of Labour’s leadership election, a call from the Sunday Times. Would I…

The Heckler: the disingenuous custom of the ‘press night’ should be scrapped

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Sam Mendes once said there is no such thing as the history of British theatre, only the history of British…

I remember Nikkei’s journalistic values – and I’m not sure they’re much like the FT’s

1 August 2015 9:00 am

It’s nearly 30 years since I worked in Japan, but I still have a few words of the language and…

Turn the licence fee into a digital currency – and save more than just the BBC

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What follows is a proposal for reducing the BBC licence fee and improving the corporation’s output while saving the British…

The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In praise of the old-fashioned letter-writer

Rachel Johnson’s diary: Why I told my book party I was coming out as a lesbian

27 June 2015 9:00 am

My husband says I only write books in order to have a launch party. Not so. I also write books…

Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

On the cusp: a cliche with a hidden astrological side

27 June 2015 9:00 am

‘A stalker who dressed a pillow “mannequin” in his ex’s nurse’s uniform, then sent her a picture, has been told…

Page 3 was harmless. Here’s why I’ll miss it

24 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I for one would be sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are a sort of saturnalia, a harmless…