Two flagship political programmes - LWT's Jonathan Dimbleby and BBC
Radio 5 Live's Sunday Service - this week made senior editorial
LWT has promoted David Sayer to editor of its Sunday lunchtime interview
and analysis programme, with a mandate to make it 'more accessible' to
The former deputy editor replaces David Mapstone, who has left to pursue
a directing carrer starting with Drivers from Hell for ITV1.
Sayer ruled out immediate radical format changes, but hinted at gradual
developments in the coming months: 'There are always a number of ideas
we're looking at to take the programme forward - it's the nature of
shows such as Jonathan Dimbleby. From the first show it has evolved into
having more than one guest and using the audience in different ways, and
this process will continue.'
He added that the perceived apathy towards political output and
processes would be addressed: 'Last year's election showed that the
public was turned off by politics and politicians, and our task is to
make it more accessible.
We have as broad a demographic as any political show and we want to take
on viewers across the board.'
Meanwhile Radio 5 Live has appointed Jo Green, producer of GMTV's Sunday
programme, as producer of Sunday Service. He joins producers Kate
Johnson and Simon Hollis on the irreverent politics and media round-up,
co-presented by PRWeek columnist Charlie Whelan.
The station is also looking for its first, dedicated political
correspondent as part of a drive to make the subject accessible to
listeners. Head of news Ceri Thomas said: 'There is a conscious effort
to keep trying to do politics differently and we have reached the stage
where we need our own correspondent. The tone, style and choice of
stories - and the way they are made relevant to the audience - is
The newly-created role will sit within the BBC political unit at