Sunday, 10 December 2017

Brian Cookson Interview

Earlier this week I was at the Tour de Yorkshire launch in Halifax and was determined to use the opportunity to film the first broadcast interview with Brian Cookson since he lost the UCI (world cycling's governing body) presidency. I had prepared the areas I wanted to ask him about. Among many other things, he said Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky should have their reputations "reinstated" following unproven doping allegations. Here's a clip from my tweet...
An extensive article on the BBC Sport website used practically the whole interview. After the BBC's Sports Editor Dan Roan tweeted about my interview, it went viral.

My interview was picked up by The Times and many cycling websites including Cycling Weekly: http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/reputations-team-sky-bradley-wiggins-reinstated-jiffy-bag-investigation-says-cookson-361669 


And TCNEWS in France: /https://todaycycling.com/brian-cookson-ex-president-de-luci-veut-retablir-la-reputation-de-bradley-wiggins/  

All but The Times credited the BBC with the interview quotes.

This just shows that if you can secure interviews with the right person at the right time and know the right questions to ask, your story can have a big impact.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Westways Primary Strike

Parents have been demonstrating in support of teachers who are due to go on strike at a primary school in Sheffield. Teachers at Westways Primary in Crookes are due to start four days of strike action next Wednesday over changes brought in by the new executive headteacher. Their union says there's a loss of morale and increasing stress caused by growing workloads and management style at the school - but the head says the children are making better progress.


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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Flood Church

A church in Mytholmroyd has re-opened, two years after it was badly damaged in the boxing day floods. St Michael's was under four feet of flood water after storms hit the Calder Valley in 2015. The community had to replace floors, renovate pews and rebuild the organ. The Archbishop of York helped to re-dedicate it.



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