On TV & Radio

I’ve been prompted to collect together all my appearances on mainstream media (mainly local radio) so I know where they all are. I get invited on to local radio a lot to talk about social media and new technologies. There is also some “Big Society” stuff here, including a programme on China Radio International. And there is one TV piece, on #twicket. I was also on TV, on BBC Look North, during Can’t Get Online Week, but I’ve never seen that piece and can’t track it down.



Here’s the BBC North West Tonight feature on #twicket, the World’s First Live Broadcast of a Village Cricket Match


On BBC Radio 5 Live talking about The Queen’s first tweet

I was asked to go on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday 24th October 2014 to comment on The Queen’s first tweet. Here is the item


My interview on BBC Radio 4 “You and Yours” about Free Wifi for Hospitals

On 29th May I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “You and Yours” programme talking about the need for Free Wifi in Hospitals. The feature is below.

Join the campaign at https://www.facebook.com/groups/hospitalwifi/

Thanks very much to “You and Yours” for raising the profile of this vital issue.


On BBC Radio Leeds talking about the Social Media Reaction to Margaret Thatcher’s death

11th April 2013, I was asked to go on Martin Kelner’s lunchtime show on Radio Leeds to talk about the reactions on social media to the death of Margaret Thatcher. I am not sure we talked much about that directly, though


On BBC Radio Lincolnshire talking about workshops I was running on Broadband for Business


BBC Radio Leeds item on Social Media and Free Speech

Talking about Can’t Get Online Week on BBC Radio 5 Live’s “Outriders”

I did an interview (again via Skype) for BBC Radio 5 Live’s “Outriders” programme about Can’t Get Online Week, which was broadcast at 3am on Tuesday 18th October 2011. Here it is, just in case you weren’t awake at that time.

Talking about Broadband Speeds on BBC Radio 4 “Today” 29th September 2011

I did a five minute interview (via Skype) about broadband speeds in rural areas for BBC Radio 4’s flagship breakfast current affairs programme “Today”. Only a sentence or so made it through the edit, but it was nice to hear, via Twitter, how many people were startled by the mention of my name on national radio.


Here are my mainstream media appearances during Can’t Get Online Week 2011

Monday 31st October – BBC Radio Norfolk Breakfast Show

Wednesday 2nd November – BBC Radio Lancashire Breakfast Show

Friday 4th November – BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show

And here is me being interviewed by Johann Tasker of “Famers’ Weekly”

On BBC Radio Lancashire talking about my current projects and stories in the news

I had a really good time on BBC Radio Lancashire on Sunday 4th September 2011, on Sean McGinty‘s last Sunday morning show, talking about some of my current projects, including Can’t Get Online Week, and discussing some of the items in the news.

On BBC Radio Leeds talking about the BBC’s 3G mobile signal survey

I was on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show on Wednesday 24th August 2011 talking about the survey the BBC has undertaken into 3G mobile phone coverage


On BBC Radio Leeds – Talking about Smartphone Addiction

On 4th August 2011 I was on BBC Radio Leeds talking about the Ofcom research into smartphone use which suggested some people are now addicted to using them all the time.


On BBC Radio Leeds talking about Big Society and Our Society

27th June 2011: I was on BBC Radio Leeds talking about Big Society and Our Society. I thought it a bit strange, and perhaps indicative of the level of understanding, that they chose a Monkey Sanctuary as their illustration of Big Society in action.

Listen here:


My #twicket interview on Radio New Zealand

My #twicket interview on Radio New Zealand is archived here


On BBC Radio Lancashire previewing #twicket

I was interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire on Sunday 17th April, and Chris joined us on the phone


Big Society Debate on China Radio International

It felt quite surreal to get up in the middle of the night to take part (by telephone) in an hour long debate on China Radio International on the Big Society. But, it did happen, and here it is


On BBC Radio Leeds talking about Social Media, privacy and policing

On 9th February 2011. I was asked to go in to BBC Radio Leeds (at 7am!) to talk about Twitter and privacy issues in the wake of the PPC ruling against Sarah Baskerville (@baskers). Then, while I was waiting to go into the studio, the producer asked me if I would mind answering questions about the issue of whether the police were being outwitted by demonstrators using social media to organise protests. I was happy to oblige.


Social Media and Get Online Week on BBC Radio York

I appeared on BBC Radio York on Friday 22nd October 2011. The interview was as part of BBC Local Radio’s “First Click” initiative, which is their contribution to the national Get Online Week. I was interviewed about the role of social media in motivating people to get online for the first time and how its use can improve people’s lives. We even strayed into the role of Social Media in the Big Society.

The interview is below:


Social Media Surgeries – on Radio Sheffield

Through the Digital 20/20 programme, we embarked on an ambitious programme of Social Media Surgeries towards the end of July 2010. As well as Leeds and Huddersfield, delivered with the usual estimable team of volunteers, Ben McKenna led the first Bradford Social Media Surgery on the 20th, and then we have firsts in Rotherham, on the 21st, and Doncaster on the 28th. These are rounded off with the second North East Lincolnshire event in Grimsby on the 29th.

I appeared on Radio Sheffield on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th July 2010 (well, it makes a change from being up at the crack of dawn for the Breakfast Show), to talk about the Rotherham and Doncaster Surgeries, as well as getting a plug in for the regular Sheffield Surgery.

More details on the Social Media Surgeries can be found here:http://www.socialmediasurgery.com

The interview is below:


Social Media in Education – on BBC Radio Sheffield

On the 30th June and 1st July 2011, a fantastic couple of linked events were held on Social Media in Education at Doncaster College. Organised by Rob Wilmot, who is Chair of Governors of the College, among his many other roles, and featuring the renowned Chris Brogan, who flew in from Boston, Massachusetts, especially for the event, the Social Media Podcamp, was followed by a seminar delivered by Chris the following day.

Ahead of the event, I appeared on Radio Sheffield to talk about some of the issues it raised. My appearance at 7:20am, was followed an hour later by Rob Wilmot and Chris Brogan who amplified the themes further. Both segments of the programme are presented here;


On BBC Radio Leeds – 8th April 2010

Monica Tailor and I were on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show on 8th April 2010. We went on primarily to promote the regular Leeds Social Media Surgeries, but the discussion very quickly turned to the possible uses of Social Media in the UK General Election.

When we got there, I was surprise to find that Martin Kelner, one of my all-time broadcasting heroes, was standing in for the regular male host, so that made my day!


I was on Radio Sheffield 19th Jan talking about Twitter, Facebook & Privacy

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My contribution is towards the end of the piece


On Radio Sheffield 10th September 2009

I was on the Radio Sheffield Breakfast show on 10th September talking about Twitter and Totally Online Barnsley


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