One stand-out quality of an excellent broadcaster is their ability
not to sugar-coat their speech, and simply tell it straight.
None more so than Michael Buerk on last Wednesday’s Moral Maze,
who on introducing a debate about the Jimmy Savile scandal
gets a few thoughts off his chest.
Whilst it’s a difficult subject to talk about, Buerk pulls no punches and probably speaks
for a large number of people with regards to his feelings towards Savile,
and to be honest there’s not much else I can write about it as
Buerk gets it all across in the first three minutes of the programme.
Elsewhere, 1Xtra’s “Gone To Soon” series continues to enlighten, with last
Sunday’s offering profiling the work of the late performer and poet Gil Scott Heron.
Narrated by Benji B, it manages to give a concise and detailed history of
the singer for those who may be unfamiliar with his material, and how it
influenced future generations of hip hop acts, many of whom sampled
Heron’s music in their own tracks.
Those who are big fans of Gil are also catered for with a delve into the deeper
meanings of his tunes including “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
and the club favourite “The Bottle“.
Most of all, it shows that even in his later years before his death in May 2011,
Gil showed no signs of calling it a day, highlighted by an exclusive playing
of a previously unreleased track, right at the end of the documentary.