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John Humphrys’s dismal legacy

The Today presenter preferred to score political points rather than properly interrogate his interviewees

By Julian Baggini  

John Humphrys style was meant to be coruscating—in reality, it let interviewees off the hook. Photo: PA

After 32 years on BBC Radio Four’s flagship news programme, Today, John Humphrys has told the Daily Mail that he is “assuming” he’ll leave the programme this year. Unfortunately, his legacy will be a style of interviewing that has made our news media less, not better equipped to give our politicians the scrutiny and interrogation a healthy democracy needs. 

The media plays a vital role in holding those in positions of power and responsibility to…

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