Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.
In their third podcast the Three Old Hacks discuss American Presidential elections, the problems with scoops and how social media has changed the way journalists have to deal with abuse. Maybe they say the American Presidential elections prove that the old country can still teach their cousins across the pond how to conduct elections properly without the loser shouting it is a fraud, editors can sometimes be very reluctant to publish scoops and the rise of social media has meant old green ink letters of abuse have been replaced with the more menacing online threats made worse by being anonymous.
Listen to the previous episode here.
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