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August 11, 2017   < 1

As part of our series on the news industry’s focus on the new, the controversial, the negative and the political – rather than the important, the consensual, the positive, and the cultural, technological and religious – we spoke to the veteran British journalist Jonathan Dimbleby about how journalism has changed during his time at the centre of British current affairs.

We’ll publish his observations in a series of video clips – beginning with his thoughts on how competition between 24/7 news platforms distracts us from what matters…

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Tim Montgomerie was most recently a columnist and comment editor for The Times of London. Before that journalistic turn he was steeped in centre right politics, founding the Conservative Christian Fellowship, then the Centre for Social Justice and, just over ten years ago,