If the Government drop the ball on Brexit, expect Nigel Farage to make another return

25 Jan

At the 2020 Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards last week, a special prize was announced, a one-off, the ‘Disruptor of the Decade’. Not surprisingly the recipient was Nigel Farage. As he accepted it, he told Westminster’s great and good that “unless this Government drops the ball, and I don’t think it will, you will […]

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Brexit reflections from Andrew Allison

25 Jan

Here is the latest in our series reflecting on the Brexit process with regular BrexitCentral authors and others who have played an important role in our journey out of the European Union. Here are the answers to our questions from Andrew Allison, who was Head of Campaigns for The Freedom Association between 2014 and 2019 […]

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Three men arrested after non-league footballer Jordan Sinnott dies following assault

25 Jan

Three men have now been arrested after non-league footballer Jordan Sinnott died following an assault in Retford town centre. Sinnott, who was on loan at Matlock Town from Alfreton Town, was found unconscious with a suspected fractured skull at about 2am on Saturday morning in the Nottinghamshire town. Nottinghamshire Police launched a murder investigation after […]

Mark Noble EXCLUSIVE: West Ham skipper says Premier League side shouldn’t be relying on him, slams performance in FA Cup defeat to West Brom

25 Jan

Mark Noble has given a frank assessment of West Ham’s fortunes, stating his belief that the Hammers shouldn’t be reliant on him at his age after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom on Saturday. The Premier League outfit produced a toothless display at the London Stadium, as Conor Townsend’s rasping […]

Rolex 24: 2020 Daytona 24 Hours is go!

25 Jan

A strong challenge for overall honours is expected to come from reigning Rolex 24 winners Cadillac, while Acura chases its first win here for the ARX-05 that won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship last season.In GTLM, Porsche is the clear favo…

Sam Clucas and James McClean score as Stoke boost survival hopes with crucial win vs Swansea

25 Jan

Stoke moved seven points clear of the Championship relegation zone with a 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls Swansea. Former Swans midfielder Sam Clucas scored the opener in the 55th minute, before James McClean put the game to bed in injury-time to secure back-to-back wins for the Potters. Swansea almost levelled shortly after Clucas’ goal when […]

England smash their way to 400 before ripping through South African top order on day two in Johannesburg

25 Jan

England took control of the fourth Test against South Africa on day two by dominating the hosts with bat and ball. Resuming on 192 for four, Joe Root and Ollie Pope both reached 50 before tail-enders Mark Wood and Stuart Broad took England’s first innings total to 400 with some magnificent hitting. The tourists then […]

My Top Thirty Podcast Recommendations

25 Jan

I find that I’m listening to more and more podcasts. Some of them are very well known and others I discover by accident or through personal recommendation. There’s little doubt that listening to audio, as opposed to music, is on the cincrease, whether it’s live speech radio, podcasts, or audiobooks. Some of the podcasts we listen to might have only a few hundred listeners, others hundreds of thousands. But we know what we like.

Last year I chose my top ten podcast recommendations and this year I have expanded the list to thirty. I listen to all of them. With some of them, I never miss an episode. With others, I’ll dip in and out. I was going to rank them, but in some ways that would be invidious. I don’t pretend these are the best thirty podcasts on the internet; they’re just the ones that I enjoy and happily recommend you to try…

And excuse the self-indulgence of including the four podcasts I happen to host!

RADIO & MEDIA

Fortunately with Fi Glover & Jane Garvey

Fortunately

Still my favourite podcast and I never miss an episode. They start with 15 minutes of banter between themselves about their week, which is invariably hilariously funny and completely unrehearsed. It can sometimes be a bit emotional and they sail very close to the wind in their comments about the BBC. Some of their guests are outstanding although others you sometimes feel are only booked because their BBC masters have said they have to appeal to a ‘yoof’ audience. 

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard
Media Masters

Presented by former New Labour advisor turned PR guru Paul Blanchard this podcast is one of my favourites. Each fortnight he interviews a leading media figure about their careers and how they got to where they are. He’s got a real knack of getting things out of people, and the one to one lengthy format allows him to do that. His guests range from very famous media legends like John Humphrys, Jeremy Vine and Alan Rusbridger to the people who run media companies that you’ve probably never heard of. To my mind there are too many of the latter, nowadays. But even when I listen to an episode I don’t think I’ll be interested in, I am often surprised. You can listen to his interview with me HERE.

The Chris Moyles Show Podcast

Chris Moyles

This is much more than a ‘best of the week’ podcast, as it usually contains at least half an hour of extra material. Chris Moyles is joined by Pippa Taylor, Dominic Byrne, Matt Parkes-Smith and James Robinson who are all a brilliant foil for Chris. I had never listened to him before he came to Radio X, but I’ve become a big fan. He also knows his politics and loves a good political debate. He also does some brilliant LBC skits.

Steve Penk’s Radio Nightmares

Steve Penk
Master of the prank phone-call this is a brilliant little weekly podcast lasting around 15 minutes of all the things that can go wrong on a live radio show. Laugh out loud funny, it usually leaves me thinking ‘there but for the grace of God go I’.

Radio Moments Conversations
David Lloyd

David Lloyd provides the trip down memory lane on the Radio Today podcast with his Radio Moments series. He’s expanded this to do hour long radio conversations with radio personalities about their careers in the industry. The curious thing is that the interviews are edited to take all of David Lloyd’s words out, so in some ways it is like a conversational monologue. But it works.

Radio Today

Radio Today

A weekly roundup of what’s going on in the world of radio. This podcast has developed from a 20 minute effort into something that usually lasts around an hour. Apart from delivering the radio industry news of the week, they also have a lengthy guest interview and once a week industry veteran Trevor Dann (formerly the main presenter of the podcast) hosts a round table with three industry figures. Stuart Clarkson is the genial host, with his boss Roy Martin, the creator of the Radio Today website alongside him for the news section. It’s a shame they’ve lost James Cridland’s weekly thoughts.

 

MEDIA

The Media Show with Amol Rajan

Media show

This podcast has changed a lot since the days of the legendary Steve Hewlett. It’s now more of a panel based discussion led by Amol Rajan with a much more 5 Live tone to it than Radio 4. The podcast usually contains extra material too. It’s very fleet of foot and reacts to breaking media stories and doesn’t shy away from issues which are difficult for the BBC. Rajan is also quite opinionated on the show, without always appearing to be so. Often has extra content, so it’s not just the podcast of the radio show.

Feedback

Feedback

I don’t really listen to many Radio 4 programmes, but I do listen to the podcast of Feedback, mainly because I find it so unintentionally hilarious. The BBC loves nothing better to beat itself up about its own activities, and Feedback is only too happy to help. Essentially, it’s mainly about Radio 4 programmes, although they sometimes make an effort to widen their coverage. They really need to drop the ‘taking radio 4 listeners out of their comfort zone’ feature. Dire.

Media Podcast with Olly Mann

ollymann

A fortnightly media panel show hosted by Olly Mann, which discusses all aspects of the media from radio to TV, from the internet to the business of the media. Guests are encourage to show their sense of humour. A lot of them are not household names, even in the media but in some ways that’s an advantage. It ends with a media quiz, which is sometimes a little cringy.

FOOTBALL & SPORT

Moore than just a podcast

Moore Than Just a Podcast

If you’re not a West Ham fan, this is probably not for you, but it gives me a weekly fix of Hammers banter and gossip. Hosted by West Ham blogger Sean Whetstone, he tries (not often with success) to control the other three contributors, Nigel Kahn (Shedman) and John and George Bucci. 

A Pint with Eamonn & the Gaffers
eamonn

Another one for football fans, and this is my best find of the last year. Eamonn Holmes is such a great interviewer, partly because he has such a relaxing, smooth style. It really is a conversation. Among his interviewees have been Martin O’Neill, Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, Stuart Pearce and Steve McClaren. They open up in a way you don’t often see and it’s entirely down to the approach Eamonn takes.

POLITICS

Matt Forde’s Political Party

Political Party Matt Forde

Matt Forde is one of the funniest people in the media. I loive his impressions, especially those of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, who he does better than anyone else. His podcast has now gone weekly and as well his live events he also does pre-recorded interviews with people in the world of politics, current affairs and the media. A bit like Eamonn Holmes, he’s great at dragging things out of people without appearing to do so.

For the Many

For the Many postcard

Every weekend Jacqui Smith sit down in our respective houses, power up our laptops and record an hour of political banter via the delights of IPDTL technology. As the podcast goes on we tend to degenerate a little into laughs and filth. Sometimes too much… The podcast is normally uploaded on a Sunday,

Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking

Nick robinson Political Thinking

This is exactly what podcasts should be all about – going beyond what you can do on a normal radio show. Nick’s interviews with prominent politicos are usually around half an hour long and he also incudes some commentary of what’s happened in the week. Given a lot of people won’t listen to the podcast in the week it’s published I wonder whether that part of it couldn’t be dropped in favour of a longer interview. It’s rare that the interviews don’t commit news.

Cross Question
Cross Question

Each Wednesday evening at 8pm on LBC I host a new political debate show, ‘CROSS QUESTION’. Our panel usually consists of two politicians and two commentators, with questions coming from LBC listeners. The podcast is usually uploaded by midnight that day. It’s like ‘Any Questions’ but more informal.

Acting Prime Minister with Paul Brand

Acting Prime Minister Paul Brand

Another one of those formats I wish I’d thought of. ITV News political correspondent Paul Brand interviews politicians and asks what they would do if they were Prime Minister. A sort of Desert Island Discs for politicos.

Never Mind the Bar Charts
mark pack

If you’re a LibDem this podcast is for you. Hosted by LibDem President (and acting co-leader) Mark Pack, he delves into all thinks associated with the yellow peril. Not quite sure what’s happened to his co-presenter Stephen Tall.

Tory Radio with Jonathan Sheppard
Tory radioo

Recently resurrected, Jonathan Sheppard started this podcast way back in 2005. He’s got an easy style and gets the guests – not all of them Tories. His interview with John Mann recently (who he fought for Bassetlaw in 2005) was a perfect example of what he can do.

Rule Britannia with Tom Swarbrick

Tom Swarbrick Rule Britannia

A comparatively new podcast, Rule Britannia fills a gaping hole in the political podcast market, and concentrates on analysing developments in foreign policy. Tom Swarbrick uses his skills as an interviewer and his experience working within government to put is subjects at their ease and educate the listener. Well worth a try, if you’ve not heard of it before.

Triggernometry
 
Triggernometry

Hosted by comedians Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster, Triggernometry really gets into the meat of an issue and has a single guest on each weekly podcast. Some of them are famous, some of them you’ve never heard of. It’s not a comedy podcast, although there are funny moments. In the last few weeks they’ve covered the Middle East, Wokeness (Kisin’s speciality subject), the Hong Kong protests, why Labour lost the election and Trans activism. Also available on video on Youtube.

 

 

Women with Balls

katy balls

Katy Balls interviews female politicians and personalities about their lives and careers. Never fails to inform and entertain but it could be a bit more regular. 

 

INTERVIEW PODCASTS

Confessions with Giles Fraser
Confessions

A fabulous hour long podcast with the effervescent Giles Fraser. He turns out to be a fantastic interviewer and really gets into people’s souls. I did his podcast last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, and revealed far more than I had intended to. Even when he has people on who you like or rate, he makes it an enjoyable experience to listen to.

Politics of Sound 
Politics of SOund

A brilliant idea for a podcast, the interviewee talks about their life  and career to Ian Carnegie and then has to pick their favourite three albums and then discuss them. He certainly does his research and it’s a very mellow and comfortable conversation. I’ve listened to all his podcasts so far and he never fails to engage the listener and draw things out of the subject.

Iain Dale’s Book Club

Book Club

Another weekly podcast, but unlike CROSS QUESTION this doesn’t go out on air on LBC. It’s a Global Original podcast. It does what it says on the tin, and showcases the best new books and authors. I don’t just concentrate on political authors – we have June, Giles and Mary from Gogglebox on, for example! The podcast is usually released on a Friday but there are also be lots of midweek bonus episodes, some from the LBC archives.

The Delingpod

Delingpod

James Delingpole is a self confessed controversialist and his views will no doubt appall and shock many, but I must confess that when I went on his podcast I really enjoyed it, even if he thinks I am a ‘cuck Conservative’. It prompted me to start listening to some of his back catalogue, which I have really enjoyed.

Full Disclosure with James O’Brien
James O'Brien

A weekly podcast from my colleague at LBC, James O’Brien. The interviews last 45-60 minutes and are both insightful and entertaining, with some being laugh out loud funny. He’s not afraid to explore deeply personal and emotional issues. He tackles politicians, comedians, actors and celebrities and seems equally comfortable with all of them.

Iain Dale All Talk

All Talk

This podcast is a series of interviews I did at the 2019 Edinburgh fringe, plus a series of bonus content from interviews on my LBC show. Each one an hour long, quite personal and uploaded each Wednesday. 

How to fail with Elizabeth Day

How to fail

This is such a British podcast. We love talking about our own failures, and I wish I had had the idea for this podcast. I started listening to it for the Jane Garvey episode but I now listen to each edition. You actually learn things from it too. If Elizabeth ever invites me on, I could probably fill three editions…

COMEDY

Desert Island Dicks

Desert Island Dicks

The show that sees you marooned on a desert island with the worst people and the worst things imaginable’ – that’s what the PR blurb says, and it’s very accurate! It’s the antithesis of Desert Island Discs and gives the guest the opportunity to vent their spleen against the people and things they hate in life. I appeared on the podcast a few months ago, and had an absolute ball. Listen HERE. Hosted by James Deacon, it’s a very entertaining 40 or 50 minutes of entertainment and laughs.

Asking for a friend with Mark Dolan

Asking for a Friend

Union Jack Radio is embarking on several great comedy shows which they’ve turned into podcasts. This is a bit like James O’Brien’s Mystery Hour and includes a panel of three guests plus the host, the irrepressible Mark Dolan. I’ve been on it twice and apparently surprised them at how funny I was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Saint-Germain turn to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Edinson Cavani exit looms – reports

25 Jan

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports. The Gunners captain has scored 16 goals so far this season and is serving a three-match ban after receiving a yellow card in a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace earlier this month. French outlet Foot Mercato claim Aubameyang is being targeted as […]

Transfer news and football gossip: Christian Eriksen set for Tottenham exit, Olivier Giroud wanted by Barcelona, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta eyes first signing

25 Jan

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Saturday’s papers and online… Christian Eriksen will travel to Italy for a medical next week ahead of his £17million move to Inter Milan. The Denmark midfielder was not included in Tottenham’s matchday squad for their FA Cup fourth round clash with Southampton on […]

Barcelona and Valencia fans clash in violent pre-match brawl outside Mestalla Stadium ahead of LaLiga match

25 Jan

Barcelona and Valencia fans clashed outside the Mestalla Stadium ahead of their LaLiga match on Saturday. Numerous objects, including chairs and flairs, were used as weapons by match-goers prior to the 3pm kick-off. ⚠️⚠️ Violent clashes in the Mestalla neighborhood between Ultras Valencia Yomus and Ultras Barcelona Boixos. {SER} pic.twitter.com/ZSDyxOfoNH — SportsObama.com (@SportsObama) January 25, […]