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For Than Three Decades, Millions Of Britons Have Woken To The Sound Of John Humphrys VoiceAs Presenter Of RadioS Today, The Nation S Most Popular News Programme, He Is Famed For His Tough Interviewing, His Deep Misgivings About Authority In Its Many Forms And His Passionatecommitment To A Variety Of CausesA Day Like Today Charts John S Journey From The Poverty Of His Post War Childhood In Cardiff, Leaving School At Fifteen, To The Summits Of Broadcasting Humphrys Was The BBC S Youngest Foreign Correspondent He Was The First Reporter At The Catastrophe Of Aberfan, An Experience That Marked Him For Ever He Was In The White House When Richard Nixon Became The First American President To Resign In South Africa During The Dying Years Of Apartheid And In War Zones Around The Globe Throughout His Career John Was Also The First Journalist To Present The Nine O Clock News On TelevisionHumphrys Pulls No Punches And Now, Freed From The Restrictions Of Being A BBC Journalist, He Reflects On The Politicians He Has Interrogated And The Controversies He Has Reported On And Been Involved In, Including The Interview That Forced The Resignation Of His Own Boss, The Director General In Typically Candid Style, He Also Weighs In On The Role The BBC Itself Has Played In Our National Life For Good And Ill And The Broader Health Of The Political System TodayA Day Like Today Is Both A Sharp, Shrewd Memoir And A Backstage Account Of The Great Newsworthy Moments In Recent History From The Voice Behind The Country S Most Authoritative Microphone I may well be alone, or certainly very nearly so in reading this book having neither seen nor heard its author broadcasting How much that is an advantage or disadvantage I m uncertain You can judge for yourselves.For me the book was enormously enjoyable stimulating, fresh, often witty and candid I came to this not long after reading Jeremy Paxman s autobiography, which I also found invigorating The point of yoking the two together is that both are frequently identified and often criticised for their relentless pursuit of evasive interviewees, most often politicians Although there is common ground at various points, it is not my intention to compare them here.What I found most engaging about John Humphrys is his self awareness Clearly he is a man of considerable sensitivity as well as acutely intelligent From his early beginnings in South Wales to the final years of his BBC career, he is generous in his appreciation of many who might be thought of as rivals as well as colleagues The book has for the most part a light tone he refuses to take himself or his roles too seriously Nonetheless, it is significant that the tragedy of Aberfan hangs over the account from beginning to end If so crude a word as message is applicable here, it is that suffering is individual and unique it is not something that can be meaningfully aggregated.This is muchthan an account of one man s rise from a humble background to becoming a national institution The many years that John Humphrys spent at the BBC coincided with massive changes in the corporation and in society at large in this country now on the brink of a particularly dramatic future Not all change is for the better and the rigorous analysis that Humphrys applies to his working life leaves him with some damning conclusions about the BBC, an institution that above all stood for impartiality There is no heavy sermonising, but we are left in no doubt that various forms of social engineering have taken an increasingly firm hold on the BBC There have always been pressure groups, but never so militant and impassioned as now It seems at times as if the corporation is enmeshed in a web fashioned by the politically correct brigade, as if they are afraid to take issue with what have become commonplace views even when far from shared by society at large This is at least partly owing to an increasing number of liberal left employees in key positions within the organisation Humphrys could not express it better than when he says it is not the job of the BBC to place its powerful finger on the scale of social justice Not only has the BBC become the mouthpiece for vociferous minorities, its ears are closed to a much wider range of attitudes and responses than are allowed expression through this powerful medium.There is very muchin this quite remarkable book, a book to return to again and again My only regret on finishing it, is that my ears and eyes were not open to what must have been some very fine broadcasts. The highly paid Humphreys has at last retired after 50 years at the BBC John was an example of someone you love or hate Clearly, as this book shows, he is very fond of himself He reveals that after drinking the night before he once interviewed on the Today programme a political party leader and forgot their name.Surprisingly, he also reveals he is an angry man Many pay tribute to his interviewing skills but for this reviewer he was outclassed in this respect by another male interviewer, Robin Day A short time ago he refused to support a female employee, Gracie, at the BBC who was justifiably claiming equal pay with her male colleagues It left a nasty taste in many mouths given his annual remuneration A male colleague criticised him severely for his stance.Humphreys interviewed every Prime Minister in a gladiatorial manner He exposed often their economy with the truth Blair came over as very slippery The author hailed from a working class family in Cardiff Journalism appealed from a very early age Leaving school at 15 he was taken on by a local paper.John we are told always loved arguing His partially blind father was a french polisher His other sons helped him Dad hated snobs, bosses, in fact most people it seems John clearly inherited many of his traits.In 1966 he reported the terrible Aberfan disaster which killed144, including 116 young children The event left an idelible mark on him Later that year he joined the Beeb as a foreign correspondent The most important event of his career was undoubtedly the Watergate scandal which he covered He started on the Today programme in 1987 Several vignettes are quoted about, for example, a drunken cabinet minister Surprisingly, we are told almost nothing about his own family.John is very critical of, for example, Twitter, BBC bosses, and the BBC in general which he argues is in a time warp Others have done the same, and, understandably, the 4am start to his day has never appealed Aged 76 this rather grumpy man will no doubt be missed by many Politicians on the other hand will be estactic he has gone He will not miss the early rise but he will miss the jousting I have a feeling we will see him again on our screen before too long.