A piece in today’s Telegraph:
Jane Garvey has revealed that she is glad to have left Woman’s Hour because she was tired of getting complaints about BBC balance. [J4MB: So the issue isn’t BBC (im)balance, it’s this woman’s emotional response to complaints about it.]
The former presenter of the Radio 4 show said she had done it for “too long”, and would constantly get complaints from people who felt [J4MB correction: Who KNEW] she didn’t adequately represent their own beliefs.
Garvey, 56, presented Woman’s Hour for 13 years before handing the reins to Emma Barnett in December last year.
Asked on The Mid Point with Gabby Logan podcast if she missed the show, Garvey replied: “No, not really. I miss the people enormously, but I think I had done it too long.”
The mother of two added that though the BBC show tried to exhibit balance, [J4MB emphasis: What a crock of s***] it was impossible to please everyone. She said: “The BBC does do balance, but it’s always accused of not doing balance from people who don’t hear on the BBC what they believe. One of the reasons I’m glad to have left [Woman’s Hour] behind in some ways, is that you could never do it right.”
The journalist also confessed to being “very fearful” of change, and added that leaving the show was a financial risk. “Change is an interesting subject, particularly if you are, like me – I’m so resistant to change. I can’t stand it, I’m very fearful of it“, she said. [J4MB emphasis: Hold on. Aren’t women strong and amazing? Didn’t Ginger Rogers do everything Fred Astaire did, but going backwards, whilst wearing heels?]
“[Friends] were constantly telling me they’d heard enough about how I was going to stop doing Woman’s Hour. To everybody’s relief, I finally [left], and it was very, very hard. Frankly, it was a big decision to make financially – it’s not the easiest time for anybody to make a change, but now I’ve done it.
“If anyone is pondering a career change or a life change, I’m here to tell you that it’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be.”
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