Opinion: From our Readers - Lobbying on TV won't replace The X Factor

Why should The Guardian's political editor be so concerned about TV ratings? Yet Patrick Wintour warns lobby briefings should not be televised because they could produce 'the worst ratings possible' (News, 20 November).

I don't think anyone, even Peter Mandelson, is suggesting replacing EastEnders or The X Factor with briefings from Downing Street. They would presumably go out on the Parliamentary Channel, BBC News channel or Sky News.

Wintour's real concern, as with other lobby journalists, is to preserve the matey, incestuous club they share with politicians. At a time when openness is being demanded from everyone else, including the public affairs and consultancy industries, surely lobby journalists should reveal what they do to the television cameras.

- David Seymour, Op.Ed.Media, former political editor, Mirror Group.

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