Humphrys dogged by the Brown clan

Hot on the heels of Tim Allan-gate, John Humphrys was last week forced into a face-saving U-turn at the CIPR's Local Government Group annual conference.

Humphrys' criticism of Gordon Brown as a 'boring' interviewee in a talk

at the Communications Directors' Forum was one of a number of broadsides

at the Government that got Allan upset enough to leak that speech to The

Times, you will recall.

At a Q&A to promote his book Lost for Words on home turf in Cardiff, the

Today terrier repeated his allegation that the Chancellor is indeed one

of the most boring people to interview, attributing it to Brown's

ability to stay on message: 'He just says what he comes in to say.'

But Audit Commission news editor Victoria Walker quickly stepped in to

warn Humphrys that the former CIPR Scotland chairman John Brown -

Gordon's elder brother - was in attendance. 'I love interviewing

Gordon,' Humphrys quipped to the chuckling audience.

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