Johnson v Corbyn TV 'debate'?

Max Atkinson

I've spent a long time watching, recording and analysing politicians speaking in different contexts and, after writing books on legal language, political speeches and presentation skills, I sometimes get invited to appear in radio shows as an expert. So a few days ago, I was asked by two BBC local radio stations (Berkshire and Somerset) to comment on ITN's TV 'debate' between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

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0% of viewers remember all the points made in a BBC PowerPoint-style news presentation

Max Atkinson

I'd been invited to talk about PowerPoint to the Council of the Management Consultancies Association between the starter and the main course, with a Q-A session scheduled to take place after the diners had finished eating their main courses. So I ended my talk with the following clip from a BBC Television News broadcast on the financial crisis, in which business editor Robert Peston gives us a 36 second presentation from the other side of the studio.

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Politicians and broadcasters in the UK: collaboration or capitulation?

Max Atkinson

Now that the rights to my book Our Masters' Voices: the Language and Body Language of Politics (1984) have reverted to me, I'm planning to republish it with additional material on, among other things, how British political communication and media coverage of politics has changed during the past quarter of a century. It's quite a bit longer than my usual posts - so take your time and/or read it in bits. by taking to the hills to fight a guerilla war).

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Why has British political oratory been banished to the sidelines?

Max Atkinson

My recent blogpost on the decline of oratory prompted an open letter from David Murray, Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day , with three questions that I ought to have a go at answering: An Open Letter to Max Atkinson Dear Mr. Atkinson, In the latest post on your excellent blog plainly-enough named Max Atkinson’s Blog, you applaud a writer from The Independent , for echoing your long held view that, in England anyway, the once-celebrated art of oratory is going to hell in a hand basket.

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