The following list reflects the normal positions of correspondents. During major international events such as the 2011 Libyan crisis and the 2014 Gaza conflict, foreign correspondents may be transferred from their normal bases to temporarily report such stories in turn (when they are usually referred to as “world correspondents” or in Europe as “European correspondents”) before returning to their normal base. This can also cover the holidays mainly in July and August and during the Christmas season. Lawyer and blogger David Allen Green published a timely article yesterday. The last of the legal correspondents and the real crisis in the public understanding of the law reported late last week the retirements of Owen Bowcott and Clive Coleman. In addition to specialist subscription services, there are only two London-based international news outlets that still employ full-time legal correspondents. The Times and the Financial Times are both behind paywalls, but, Green says, “if you want good specialist journalism in the internet age, you have to pay for it.” I casually mentioned their retirement last month and had thought of making more general comments until Green — a good friend — beat me. But perhaps it`s worth adding my own point of view, if only from a personal point of view: I was the BBC`s legal correspondent from 1985 to 2000 and wrote a weekly column for the Guardian website from 2010 to 2016. As far as I know, the Guardian does not replace Bowcott and BBC News does not replace Coleman. I believe that the two legal correspondents were offered dismissal by employers who were under pressure to reduce their workforce. Coleman holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of West London.
In 2018, he was named Honorary Banker of the Middle Temple. Both awards recognize his work as a legal journalist. In 2010, Coleman became the BBC`s legal correspondent, covering important national and international legal histories about the BBC`s news production on television, radio and online. These included the phone hack, hillsborough inquiry rulings, misdisclosure in the criminal justice system, court backlog, GDPR and the release of the London Bridge bombing, Usman Khan. Where I think we have the advantage over bloggers is to report on court hearings and verdicts. As journalists, we have been trained to explain complex legal issues in plain English. It`s been 10 years since legal journalists were first approved to tweet in court. Nick Wallis, a freelance television journalist, covered the Post Office Horizon scandal on his blog and through live tweets from the court hearings. I intend to tweet live about this morning`s hearing, where a district judge will rule on a US request for julian Assange`s extradition. Second, online access to primary sources. I`m not as pessimistic as Green. While it is always risky to take legal action without proper advice, a non-lawyer should be able to read and understand the broad outlines of a modern parliamentary law or a recently decided case.
Many law firms and bar associations offer expert commentary. From time to time, I provide links to the judges` remarks on sentencing. Readers have no difficulty understanding them, but they are surprised that many of the judge`s remarks are deemed too explicit or too disturbing by journalists to report on them. It has never been easier for non-lawyers to read primary sources of information such as laws and judgments. But Green says it only has theoretical value unless you can navigate it in legal documents. But the response to my work – across all platforms – convinces me that there are still many non-lawyers who want to understand legal developments. You don`t have to be a lawyer to know that some people in government are trying to take advantage of the law, break constitutional conventions, or restrict our freedoms. And as long as people want to know how the law works, there will be academics, practitioners, bloggers and journalists trying to explain it to them. Finally, he adds, “the crisis is not that we are at the end of specialized reports on legal news. The crisis in public understanding of the law is that most of the public does not want to understand the law. BBC News employs many presenters and correspondents who appear on television and radio and contribute to BBC Online.
BBC News provides television journalism for BBC One newscasts and the BBC World News and BBC News Channel in the UK. In addition, BBC News operates the BBC Radio 5 Live continuous news network and the international BBC World service. They also contribute to the bbc radio 4 components and to the bulletins on all radio stations. The BBC has over 200 correspondents in the UK and abroad. BBC dates can be short-term or long-term, for example, journalist Peter Bowes revealed on BBC News (broadcast live on September 8, 2020) that Los Angeles has been his home for 25 years, and then there`s the BBC. You don`t need to pay a fee to read the legal cover on the BBC website or listen to Law in Action, the Radio 4 show I started in 1984 and have been hosting since 2010. You don`t need a licence to listen to the puns I normally offer on Radio Scotland, Radio Wales and Radio Ulster – or on commercial TV channels. In fact, you don`t have to pay for specialty journalism at all. But you really should.
Another update from January 4: I clarified that in my reference to news outlets that employ legal correspondents, I do not include specialized subscription services. It`s true that legal journalists retain stories from their contacts – although it works much better face-to-face and it has been much harder for us to see our contacts since the first lockdown in March. But Whitehall briefings are a thing of the past: when the Department of Justice moved to its current building, staff found a room specially equipped for radio press conferences. It must have been more than a decade since it was last used for this purpose by a Lord Chancellor. Journalists can never be completely replaced by legal bloggers and tweeters – of which he and Secret Barrister are the deans, with 230,000 and 425,000 followers on Twitter respectively. According to Green, this is because non-journalists are not invited to Whitehall press conferences and because they have no contact between judges and practitioners. From 2004 to 2010, Coleman hosted bbc Radio 4`s legal analysis programme Law in Action. In 2009, he won the Bar Council Legal Broadcasting Award for a program on the controversial legal doctrine of the “joint venture.” BBC News employs a number of business and sports presenters to moderate sections of news programmes. Rob Nothman has been a sports presenter and producer for BBC Radio for over 20 years. He has covered the Olympics, World Championships and Wimbledon, but golf is his true passion after doing Ryder Cups, all the major golf tournaments and interviews with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
In an article following the death of his longtime non-smoking sister Sarah from lung cancer, Coleman won the 2018 Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) Cancer Journalism Award for excellence in lung cancer journalism. International correspondent and editor-in-chief: Michael Fish was the longest-serving weather forecaster on British television and, thanks to the 1987 Hurrcane, probably the most famous before retiring in 2004. Always a recognizable face, he is a fun speaker after dinner and a popular face for personal apparitions. In 2020, Coleman, still in collaboration with Bean, wrote the movie The Duke, which was released in 2022. It tells the story of Kempton Bunton, a Newcastle taxi driver who was accused of stealing Francisco Goya`s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London in 1961. It was directed by Roger Michell, Jim Broadbent as Bunton, Dame Helen Mirren as his wife Dorothy and Fionn Whitehead as their son Jackie. Co-stars include Matthew Goode, Anna Maxwell-Martin and Sian Clifford. It premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and received 5-star reviews in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail. Controversial columnist in the Daily Mail and earlier in the Telegraph. Also a best-selling author and media contributor. Coleman grew up in North London and attended Dame Alice Owen`s School and then University College School.
He studied English literature at York University from 1981 to 84 before taking a law conversion course and the bar final in 1985 to qualify as a lawyer. In 2019, he won the Bar Council Legal Broadcasting Award for covering the UK Supreme Court case, which ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s advice to the Queen to adjourn Parliament was illegal. Coleman was also a columnist for the Times and also wrote for The Guardian and The Independent.  BBC Weather is provided by a team of meeting office radio meteorologists to provide forecasts for its television and radio services. Most forecasters work on all media and layers. Let me address these points in turn. First, pay for journalism. After all, Green says, “a significant portion of the public doesn`t want to understand the law or worry about how the law is abused or abused.” I can understand why he feels this way, but I hope it`s not true. Admittedly, there is now less coverage of serious topics in newspapers. Even before Covid, people weren`t buying dailies in the number they bought, while reading was the only distraction available from the daily commute to work. Many of the presenters listed below also work on other editions of BBC news, and some also work in other parts of the BBC.