Harlow College hosts BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions

Education: Secondary / Wed 14th Jan 2015 at 09:07am

By Siobhan Wood

Any QuestionsHARLOW College continued to celebrate its fifty years of journalism by hosting a historical episode of BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions.

It was the first time that five guests had sat on the panel, all of whom were Prospective Parliamentary Candidates.

The politicians were Victoria Ayling, UKIP; Dr Jillian Creasy, Green Party; Maajid Nawaz, Liberal Democrats; Sir Keir Starmer, Labour; and Tom Tugendhat, Conservatives.

The Producer of Any Questions, Lisa Jenkinson, said: “Having five people on the panel was a one off – to reflect an important shift in what’s happening with party politics.

“The rise of smaller parties is one of the biggest trends in the last couple of years and it’s a really exciting time to work on the show.”

Host Jonathan Dimbleby said: “We had a revolutionary panel and we get real freedom of expression; we were doing it in a week where appalling horrors have been enacted in France which brings the role of press and journalism right to the front of everyone’s attention.”

The politicians, Jonathan Dimbleby and Lisa Jenkinson stayed to talk to students at the end of the recording.

Lisa Jenkinson said: “It was great to visit Harlow College to mark its 50th anniversary.

“I really loved meeting all the journalism students at the programme.

“Everyone was so enthusiastic it reminded me of why I chose to become a reporter on a local paper.”

Jonathan Dimbleby said: “It’s terrific to be here to celebrate fifty years of this great College; it’s got a long tradition and lots of successful journalists have emerged from this journalism school.

“I love having the chance to talk to people who want to go into journalism as it’s a very, very important role.

“It’s been bought into disrepute, sometimes by politicians or by horrible and disgraceful things that have been done by other journalists, but that shouldn’t put journalists off.

“They call it the fourth estate; a much larger part of the world depends upon fearless good people saying: ‘We know this is what is happening and we will report it as fearlessly as we can’.

“It’s a big ask but it’s a very important one.”

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