Thursday, 16 March 2017
632 Ear To The Ground
First viewed : Summer 1983
This must be one of the more obscure shows featured here, a late night current affairs show on Channel 4 directed at young people. There is a little footage on YouTube as The Farm were featured in their infancy during a feature on that little-covered topic, unemployment in Liverpool. I recall it because I was quite taken with one of the presenters, a fresh-faced , very straight, young lady called Julie Hall.
She went on to be a political correspondent for ITN then nailed her colours to the mast by taking on the job of Neil Kinnock's chief spin doctor which involved a presumably platonic accommodation arrangement with Peter Mandelson. She achieved notoriety during the 1992 election campaign over an election broadcast about an NHS case for both being cavalier with the truth and at least partially breaching patient confidentiality. When Kinnock resigned immediately after his defeat, she was out of a job. I actually saw her in the flesh at Burtonwood Services a couple of years later. In the nineties she was involved with Tony Blair's Active Community Unit and now works in academia.
There's one other reason why I recall her; I married someone of the same name in 1997.