Rachel Cooke trained as a reporter on The Sunday Times. She is now a writer at The Observer. In the 2006 British Press Awards, she was named Interviewer of the Year.

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TV and Radio
05 February 2007
I've been revisiting the newspaper podcasts to see if they have improved. They haven't. Most media commentators began...
TV and Radio
29 January 2007
When I was tipped off that Lesley Douglas, the controller of Radio 2, had revamped the station's Sunday schedule, I...
Books
22 January 2007
Is Augusten Burroughs the next James Frey? Not quite, perhaps. But still, there are definite signs that he is in danger...
TV and Radio
22 January 2007
It seems that George Galloway will definitely not be putting himself up for re-election as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow...
TV and Radio
15 January 2007
Occasionally, I wake up early enough to listen to On Your Farm (Sundays, 6.35am, Radio 4), usually as a result of...
TV and Radio
08 January 2007
Quite a lot happened in the world of radio over the holiday, so let me begin with a bit of belated mopping up. The big...
Culture
18 December 2006
A strange year. I have spent a lot of it feeling grumpy - in the manner of Jeremy Paxman - about podcasting, which...
TV and Radio
11 December 2006
Radio 4 is full of hidden gems just now. A case in point was the short but deliciously sweet documentary Free George...
TV and Radio
04 December 2006
Michael Portillo says that life as a journalist is more fun than life as a politician, and his diary is packed. A...
TV and Radio
27 November 2006
Russell Brand has left BBC 6 Music - where he is credited with helping the station achieve record listening figures -...
TV and Radio
20 November 2006
At last, I've met him! The Axeman. Mark Damazer. I was invited to a smart dinner, and there he was at the next table....
13 November 2006
Newspapers are busy getting into podcasting. They regard it, as they do blogging, as The Future - by which they mean...
TV and Radio
06 November 2006
Last week, a friend took me out to Ronnie Scott's, which used to be a fleapit, but is now totally glamorous, thanks to...
Culture
30 October 2006
Has the moment come for me to share with you what I think of Kirsty Young, the new presenter of Desert Island Discs (...
TV and Radio
23 October 2006
As you may know by now, I cannot stand phone-ins. Nick Ferrari's breakfast show on London's LBC makes me ill, literally...

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