What a Naughtie Column

The Daily Mail’s puzzingly one-sided feud with Scots-born broadcaster, James Naughtie, continues apace.

The paper’s Ephraim Hardcastle column is regularly caustic about Naughtie’s career and lifestyle, and it was at it again yesterday. The column related: “Composer, Sir Harrison Birtwhistle discussed his new opera, The Minotaur, on Radio 4. James Naughtie: ‘I remember you telling me you got your first musical ideas by wandering around disused mines in Accrington.’ Birtwhistle: ‘Did I say that?’” Hardcastle described it as a “sublime” moment.

Naughtie, who began his career on the Press and Journal regional daily, also worked for The Scotsman before ultimately rapidly rising through the BBC ranks to be a presenter of the Today programme.

He is in contention for a prize at the UK’s top radio awards, the Sonys, which will be announced on the 12th of next month. He is on the shortlist in the Speech Broadcaster of the Year category, along with Aberdeen-based Edi Stark, of