News of a sacking

“You’re only allowed one of any particular voice on Today,” claims one insider. “If a favoured new arrival has the same accent as you, they’ll farm you out to other projects. It happened with Carolyn Quinn and Sarah Montague. It also happened with Eddie Mair and Jim Naughtie – there could only be one Scottish accent. Once they wanted Webb, they could only have one posh voice. Stourton had been falling out of favour for a while and they kept lining him up with these big documentaries and huge series to let him down gently. The news got leaked before they’d put everything in place.

So why was Edward Stourton really sacked from the Today programme? I have no idea, and could hardly care less, since I never listen to the programme. However, I think we can eliminate one possible motive from our enquiries: that he was ejected because he was an insufferable asshole, since Justin Webb is his replacement.The upside then – less Justin Webb on TV.

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