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Welcome to the Dave Porter Blog

Dave Porter

Everyone else has a blog these days, why shouldn’t I! As you may know, I have been in broadcasting for many years. This blog is just an extension of that, it’s an opportunity for me to share my thoughts on whatever subject attracts my attention. Comments are welcome!

Charge fat people more

I think really fat people should be charged more on airlines. We all pay for our ticket but some people use up more of the fuel hauling around their great big fat stomachs. Also they should increase the Air Passenger Duty for these people, this will mean that the...

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For sale – beware of the sites you visit.

Fancy a nice new pair of shoes? You can do the old fashioned thing and buy them in a shop, or you can buy them online. Just be careful where you get them from. Here is a nice pair of shoes that I have found online on two different websites, at two different prices,...

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Is this a children’s book author?

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that J K Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, is a dark and somewhat depressing novel dealing with adult themes. Depressing themes such as drug addition, self-abuse, teenage sex, death - and Parish Councillors. I...

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If I could start again ..

The irony of it is not lost on me. Just a couple of weeks ago Helen and I went to a party for my good friend Paddy MacDee, to celebrate his forty years in the radio industry in the North East. The great and the good, and the not so good, of North East broadcasting...

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Still some quality about

The demise of British radio is very sad, but perhaps it's had its day. I feel lucky to have worked in the radio industry during the 'good days'. The 1970's - 1990's were the good days when radio was vibrant, fun and creative. In the old days you picked the music you...

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Ding Dong – Fail!

So, the official chart is out and the song that people have been buying in the aftermath of the death of Margaret Thatcher, has failed to make it to number one. As I said in my last post on this subject, it now takes very little to get into the single chart in the UK....

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Distasteful perhaps, stupid – definitely

In the 1960's there was only one way to buy music, you had to go to a 'record shop' and hand over your money. A 'single' in those days cost six shillings and eight pence, you could therefore buy three for a pound. I remember once as a boy being asked if I'd like a...

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No, they have got it all wrong

I like to read, it's relaxing, informative and entertaining. I'll read all sorts of book, I've just read a book by a woman I met not so long ago. It's called 'I'm Still Standing' by Mel Carnegie. It's the harrowing story of her life and how she lost both parents at a...

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America needs to do this now.

I am disappointed that I am again having to blog about gun control in America. I last blogged about this in September when police shot nine people on the streets of New York. But following the terrible tragedy at Newtown, Connecticut, I agree with President Obama,...

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BBC – it gets worse

Oh dear it just gets worse. Just one day after George Entwistle resigned as BBC Director General, the BBC announced that he's getting a huge pay off. They are paying him a years salary as a parting gift. His annual salary was £450,000. The BBC say he is...

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Entwistle had to go

The BBC is widely regarded as the finest broadcasting organisation in the world, but events of the last few weeks have thrown that belief into doubt. Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, announced in March 2012 that he was leaving his post, he had been...

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Passion might win in the end.

The Radio Two breakfast show has nearly nine million listeners, huge. Commercial radio has a smaller audience, but in my day I only had to vaguely mention the word competition and all the phone lines would light up, long before any mention of the number to call. Not...

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Shut up about flash photography

Last evening I watched, as I often do, the BBC six o'clock news. The lead story was from Wales. The bulletin was presented, as many BBC programmes are these days, by someone with a strong Welsh accent - Huw Edwards. Why broadcasters seem to think that strong, and in...

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I have an iPhone 5!

I have an iPhone 5! It's fantastic. I love it. When the iPhone 5 was announced I could see how good it was, but hadn't expected to be able to upgrade until next year. But several things ran through my mind. I was talking to Ben Weston, and he pointed out that these...

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Goodbye Mark Thompson

Today is Mark Thompson's last day as Director General of the BBC. Many within the BBC, and many like me who left the BBC during his tenure, will be happy to see him go. The BBC is unique in many ways, particularly in the way it is funded. I can think of no other large...

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