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Editor of The Chiswick Calendar Bridget Osborne spent many years as a journalist at the BBC before setting up The Chiswick Calendar website - ChiswickCalendar.co.uk - in 2014. Having produced many interviews, from actors and entertainers on BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme to politicians and heads of state on BBC World News TV's HARDtalk, she's completely at home talking to interesting people about everything from their childhood recollections to their impact on the world stage.
 
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Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School and cultural commentator Peter York argue that the BBC is in peril as never before. Journalist Bridget Osborne discusses 'The War Against the BBC' with the two authors in a podcast for the Chiswick Book Festival in association with The Chiswick Calendar. 'The …
 
Christopher Tugendhat is an active member of the House of Lords, who in his long career has been a journalist, a Conservative MP, a European Commissioner and a Vice-President of the Commission, as well as a hugely successful businessman, holding board and advisory positions at a number of major companies. He has been chairman of the Royal Institute…
 
James Rodgers was the BBC’s correspondent in Moscow from 2006 – 2009 but first went to the Soviet Union in 1987 to study the language. As he went from student to working journalist, he reported on the transition of the Soviet Union in to a free market Russia, an exciting time to be based in Moscow. Now he teaches international journalism to student…
 
Polly Toynbee has been a columnist for The Guardian for more than 20 years. She was the BBC’s Social Affairs editor in the late eighties and early nineties and made a brief sally into politics as a Social Democrat candidate in the 1983 general election. Her husband David Walker, also a Guardian journalist, is contributing editor to the Public Leade…
 
The English composer Michael Tippett was described by the philosopher Isiah Berlin as “a major asset to our age, morally as well as aesthetically” and when he died in 1998 he was lauded in obituaries as ‘one of the greatest English composers since Elgar’. Tippett, whose music includes the oratorio A Child of Our Time, five operas and four symphonie…
 
Tim Richardson is a garden writer, historian and critic, with regular columns in the Daily Telegraph and The Garden Design Journal. He is also the Director of The Chelsea Fringe Festival, an extremely successful alternative garden event held in and around London, and he is an advisor to the National Trust on gardens. Sissinghurst, the dream garden …
 
Mihir Bose, author of over 30 books and the BBC’s first sports news editor, has analysed and reported global sport incisively for nearly 50 years. He has followed Indian cricket since his school days and in The Nine Waves he writes with special authority about the history of the game in India, tracing its journey from colonial dependency to superpo…
 
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