I’ve just come back from the editing suite for BBC1’s Watchdog. I’m presenting a 5 minute package tomorrow (Tues) followed by a short interview in the studio. This is a rare exception for Watchdog. The piece is about how to switch to cheaper gas and electricity on the back of the British Gas price rise. It’s actually...
I’ve just got back from Watchdog. And yes I did say ‘silly buggers’ on air – Julia was kicking me (the age old TV signal that you have to wind up what you’re saying – though when it’s Julia it’s never so bad, we’re buddies, and she’s er… well…. chaps if you’ve watched you understand!) and so...
As I noted in a previous blog, someone rather bizarrely decided to complain to the Advertising Standards Association about the use of the phrase ‘UK’s only professional Money Saving Expert’ in my publisher’s ad for my book (Read that blog). It was such an absurd complaint, that after chatting with my publisher, we decided we couldn’t be...
On The Wright Stuff on Thursday we were discussing whether there was merit in broadcasting the new pictures of the torture by Americans in Iraq. These were more of the same and those responsible had already been prosecuted. I argued it was right as we learned more than we knew before and it helped educate us as...
My dad’s just phoned me after talking to my grandma. As those who read yesterday’s blog will know I had a confrontation with George Galloway on The Wright Stuff yesterday. My email in-box has been swamped since then – it seems to have caused a wee stir. Thankfully all the emails are supportive. Anyway I digress. Apparently...
I’ve literally just come off air at the Wright Stuff. Today’s guest panellist (I’m on for the week) was George Galloway MP. The final discussion part of the show was “Was George Galloway right to go on Big Brother?” My view is he was totally irresponsible and let down the political process for doing so. Throughout the...
I’ve just come off air at The Wright Stuff on Five (I’m on the panel all this week; it’s quite a change for me as I’m talking ‘non-money’ for most of it). In the third part of the programme there was a new Valentine’s card Asda’s launched at just 8p. Now you may expect them to be...
I’ve just got home having done my last appearance on the ITV1 Richard Hammond 5 o’clock show (the series has ended). I had a nightmare. As some of you will know I have a slight predilection for tapered stripy shirts. Along with flared jeans they’re my TV uniform (and to be fair I wear them off screen...
I’ve just had a rather laughable call from my publisher. It seems someone has complained to the advertising standards association about its use of the phrase ‘only professional Money Saving Expert’ in its poster advert for my book (see the poster itself here). I wasn’t surprised as I’d read someone was planning to do this in a...
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