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Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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United Kingdom

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Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley have been friends since they first met while working at Financial Weekly in 1980s. They have kept in touch regularly, setting the world to rights over various lunches and dinners. With coronavirus making that impossible, what do journalists do, deprived of long convivial lunches over a bottle of red wine or several? Why, podcast of course.Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Language:

English


Episodes

Piers Morgan, hacking and the unseemly side of journalism

12/19/2023
The intrusions into the private lives of celebrities rehashed by the phone hacking case brought by Prince Harry against Mirror Group Newspapers represent a "dreadful low" in the history of British journalism, says Mihir Bose. The High Court ruled that Harry was a victim of phone hacking on multiple occasions, as were his friends. Former BBC Sports News editor Mihir discusses the "cheap and tawdry" tactics of their fellow hacks with Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political analyst Nigel Dudley in this week's Three Old Hacks podcast. Thank you to Bill Kay for writing in and you can view his full letter here: https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Bill-Kay-Letter-1.pdf Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:44:31

Holding the line for a free press

12/5/2023
The Culture and Media Secretary Lucy Frazer has intervened to scrutinise the sale of the Daily Telegraph to a company backed by the Abu Dhabi ruling family, over concerns around public interest. Would they interfere with the editorial in pursuance of their interests? It wouldn't be the first time a newspaper owner had tried it, with more or less success. The Three Old Hacks, aka Sunday Times Economics editor David Smith, political analyst Nigel Dudley and former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, compare notes on interfering owners with whom they have worked over their long careers. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:51:52

Three Men in a Boat navigating British Journalism

11/6/2023
Our podcast with The Three Old Hacks, aka former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith, and political analyst Nigel Dudley, has been described as ‘the modern equivalent of Jerome K Jerome’s book Three Men in a Boat‘ by broadcaster and journalist Lucy Beresford. Like George, Harris and Jerome they are old friends who consider themselves overworked and in need of a holiday (always). Like the River Thames, they have a tendency to meander. Theirs is not so much a travel guide as a commentary on the state of British journalism based on their experiences over the past 40 years, delivered with warmth and humour and that slight edge of competitiveness that journalists never lose. This week it is the rich hinterland of Nigel’s knowledge which they rely on to discuss the situation in Israel, as he has spent many years reporting from the Middle East. They disagree on whether the BBC was right not to label Hamas as ‘terrorists’ and lament the vogue for ‘showbiz personality’ foreign reporting, while praising some of the outstanding reporting from those on the ground in Gaza. Listen to the podcast on all the usual podcast platforms or on The Chiswick Calendar website. https://chiswickcalendar.co.uk/episode-37-three-men-in-a-boat-navigating-british-journalism/ Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:41:47

A perfect profession for spying

9/19/2023
Former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political analyst Nigel Dudley continue setting the world to rights with their podcast Three Old Hacks. This week their subject is spies, and how the journalistic profession lends itself to approaches from foreign powers. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:43:52

What the Nigel Farage ‘debanking’ saga tells us about British journalism

8/7/2023
Much has been written and said about the Nigel Farage ‘debanking’ story. Thinking a client is a ‘disingenuous grifter’ or a xenophobic racist is not supposed to be a good enough reason for a bank to deny someone an account. But what about the journalism involved in breaking the story? Was the BBC’s Business Editor Simon Jack right to have broadcast a story based on the word of a very senior figure within the bank? Yes, the Three Old Hacks - aka former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith and political analyst Nigel Dudley - are unanimous that he should have been able to trust the word of the chief executive Dame Alison Rose, and yes he should have published the story. The British public wouldn’t know the half of what went on without such leaks to journalists. But how does a journalist know when they are being led up the garden path? The Three Old Hacks have broken many stories and all at some time or another followed that well-trodden path. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:41:17

Gamesmanship and Protest

7/18/2023
The Three Old Hacks, aka Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith, former Sports News editor at the BBC and author of many books about sport, Mihir Bose, and political commentator Nigel Dudley, have been chewing over the week's news - in particular the cricket, and whether or not the Australians have behaved abominably. Warming to their theme, they discuss gamesmanship, colonialism, the Just Stop Oil protests and the efficacy of protests at international sporting fixtures in general, recalling disrupted matches now lost in the mists of time. (And yes, irritating though they may have been, they were quite successful). Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:54:58

Is the coronation still going on? Sorry, I missed a bit, the dog needed a walk

5/16/2023
Flags flying upside down, Rishi Sunak being criticised for 'not being grounded in our culture' despite his perfect reading from the scriptures at the coronation, and Nigel being accused of being a Marxist for taking the dog for a walk during the ceremony. The Three Old Hacks chew over the coronation, the national anthem (time for a new one?) and the admirable state of Penny Mordaunt's biceps. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:46:24

Gwyneth, Boris and the economy, stupid!

4/3/2023
From Gwyneth Paltrow to the protests in France and Israel and the perennial subjects of Boris Johnson’s career and the state of the economy, the Three Old Hacks, aka former BBC Sports News editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, discuss the week’s news. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:27:10

Three Old Hacks consider the week’s news

2/28/2023
As the war in Ukraine marks its grim one-year anniversary, the Three Old Hacks, aka former Sports News editor at the BBC Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley, discuss whether we have clear aims in this war and how it might end. 1:09 They talk about the SNP leadership battle and whether religion and politics mix in the 21st century. 13:25 They look at the Roald Dahl controversy and compare the re-writing of his books with Thomas Bowdler’s attempts to sanitise Shakespeare and language used by George Orwell which most certainly would not be published today. 24:18 Finally, the conversation turns to football, as it often does, and their thoughts on who is a fit and proper owner for an English football club. 38:13 Listen to the podcast on The Chiswick Calendar website or any of the usual podcast platforms. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:46:00

Nadhim Zahawi, tax avoidance and embarrassing the Prime Minister

1/31/2023
Mihir Bose – former BBC Sports Editor, David Smith – Economics Editor of the Sunday Times and political commentator Nigel Dudley discuss the hot topic- Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs They thought he should jump, and apologise for embarrassing the Prime Minister, but as it turned out he was pushed, a couple of days after they recorded the podcast. They talk about the way he tried to turn the story around, attacking the media for concerning themselves with his ‘private; affairs, and whether it makes a difference that our top politicians at the moment are so rich. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:53:55

Opinions of superior excellence

1/6/2023
“No nation in Europe is more haughty and disdainful, nor more conceited in an opinion of its superior excellence.” This quote from a French Viscount about Britain some 400 years ago reminds us nothing much has changed, says political analyst Nigel Dudley. He’s been reading “a wonderful book about the Stuarts”, Devil-Land by Dr Clare Jackson. In the first podcast of 2023 Nigel and his two old mates, sports journalist Mihir Bose and Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith discuss the Christmas books they were given and are now reading, the state of the nation and whether they should have a flutter on the next election. The English are inclined to “adore all their own opinions and despise those of every other nation” and had “contracted all the instability of the element by which they are surrounded, namely water.” The podcast seems the perfect medium. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:46:02

A World Cup and a Budget

11/29/2022
A football World Cup and a Budget, what better subjects could Mihir Bose, former sports news editor at the BBC, Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith and political analyst Nigel Dudley wish for, to talk about? Let's just say, in a pub quiz if either of those subjects came up, you would want these guys on your team. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:46:16

The revolving door of Number 11

10/18/2022
The Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith was with fellow ‘old hacks’ Mihir Bose, former sports news editor at the BBC, and political analyst Nigel Dudley recording their podcast for The Chiswick Calendar when the news broke on Friday that Kwasi Kwarteng had been jettisoned. New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has already unpicked the growth strategy which David described as “a gamble that had failed spectacularly. “It was obvious to me it would go wrong” he said. “The lesson is to listen to your institutions – the Treasury and the Office for Budget Responsibility.” Mihir asked him how key economic advisers had felt about being sidelined. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:48:41

Delivery, Delivery, Delivery

9/13/2022
The Three Old Hacks, who regularly review the week's news for us, recorded a podcast on Thursday morning, before the Queen's death was announced. "Spare us from this false positivism", says Nigel Dudley, commenting on Liz Truss's keynote speech after she was elected Leader of the Conservative Party and our new Prime Minister. "She sounded like a midwife on speed" he said. Political commentator Nigel Dudley joins Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith and former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose to discuss Trussonomics and whether she should be Trussssted. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:42:31

Choosing a replacement for Boris

7/30/2022
In their previous podcast Mihir Bose said he thought Boris Johnson would lead the Conservative Party into the next election and not only that, but he would win it. David and Nigel remind him of that as this week they discuss whether it will be Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak who will replace him. Former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discuss the week’s news. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:49:34

Will Boris lead the party into the next election?

6/20/2022
Mihir Bose thinks he will and not only that, he will lead the Conservative party to win it. David and Nigel disagree. What will be the deciding factor? It's the economy, stupid. Former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discuss the week’s news. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:48:24

Partygate again!

5/31/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss Partygate, racism in sport and the cost of living crisis. "We've never had a situation in the UK where job vacancies are greater than the number of unemployed" says David Smith. "Inflation is the highest it has been since the 1980s." Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discussing Putin's war and their memories of the Falklands war, 40 years ago. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:50:35

How the world is reacting to Putin's war

4/5/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss the world's response to Putin's war. UK journalists give the impression the whole world was pro-Ukraine, but that is not the case, says Mihir Bose. Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley discussing the week’s news with the jaundiced eye of those who have been doing it for forty years. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:47:50

The war in Ukraine

3/15/2022
The Three Old Hacks discuss the war in Ukraine, President Zelensky’s moving speech to the British parliament and Britain’s “mean-spirited” approach to refugees. Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley on the events of the past week. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:44:12

Partygate and the Foreign Secretary who didn’t know Rostov was in Russia

2/22/2022
The Three Old Hacks are back, raising a glass to celebrate the work done by journalistic colleagues in unveiling the various parties that took place at Downing St during lockdown. Sky TV, the Mirror and the Daily Telegraph all come in for special mentions, as does Liz Truss, but she gets a special mention for rather a different reason: as the Foreign Secretary who didn’t know Rostov was in Russia. The Three Old Hacks, not so much setting the world to rights as lamenting Britain’s ignominious position in it. Listen to former BBC News sports editor Mihir Bose, Economics editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley on the events of the past week. Get in contact with the podcast by emailing threeoldhacks@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

Duration:00:51:24