Roger Bolton's Beeb Watch

Joan Bakewell on faking phone-ins and the evolution of broadcasting.

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Dame Joan Bakewell is synonymous with our arts broadcasting landscape: former BBC television art correspondent in the 1980’s, columnist for most of the major broadsheets at one time or other and presenter of numerous radio and televisions series. Former colleagues, Roger and Joan discuss how broadcasting has evolved, ageism, ethics and fake phone-ins.

“There was an immediacy about it, which was very enjoyable, people liked that it was real, it was live. People could phone in, we sometimes faked that and phoned in our own messages. Various people used to do that, Barry Humphries being one because he could do multitude of voices, and would pretend to ring up and say, ‘I'm absolutely shocked and disgusted by what's on BBC television at the moment”.



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