October 11, 2006

Vox Politix with Iain Dale

I was pretty critical of 18 Doughty Street’s first night. It’s the new online TV channel covering politics from (largely) a right-wing angle.

I’ve only watched one show tonight, Vox Politix with Iain Dale and it’s much better. I think it’s the presence of a strong ‘alternative’ voice in the form of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown who writes for the Independent.

Having said that, there’s a little too much deadwood. The two other guests and Iain’s co-presenters aren’t really getting a look-in, probably because they’ve not got that much to say.

While 18 Doughty Street wants to be biased, that would work much better if they get guests like Yasmin on more often, who doesn’t agree with the presenter like a nodding-dog (as happened regularly last night). Getting on guests with similar views to the guests just makes everyone look very smug.

My only remaining criticisms are the lack of titles, music and graphics, and the fact that it works equally well as radio as it does TV. Making it needlessly expensive. But full credit to those involved in this show – it’s pretty good tonight.

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