‘Men’s Hour’: Our correspondence with Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live

Our efforts to gain some exposure on the feminist-friendly BBC Radio 5 Live programme Men’s Hour continues. Not a week goes by without me being asked why we’ve not yet had exposure on the programme, especially given I’ve been interviewed by the militant feminist broadcaster Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour. As long ago as May 2012 we pointed to the fact that Jenni Murray had openly declared herself an admirer of the show in general, and of Tim Samuels, the show’s metrosexual presenter, in particular:

http://j4mb.org.uk/2013/09/14/mens-hour-an-endorsement-from-a-militant-feminist-jenni-murray/

Frustrated by the refusal of Tim Samuels to engage with us, about seven weeks ago I wrote to Jonathan Wall, the Controller of Radio 5 Live:

130727 letter to Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live

His response was polite, but not encouraging:

130814 letter from Jonathan Wall

I was taken aback by the following points he made:

I don’t accept that Men’s Hour copies ‘feminist narratives found on Woman’s Hour’. It has covered a large range of issues and has no set agenda.

Exactly a month ago I wrote to him again, challenging him on those specific points, and making some wider points:

130824 second letter to Jonathan Wall, Controller of BBC Radio 5 Live

I haven’t yet heard back from Mr Wall, but when I do, I’ll post his response here.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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