My first film for Granada TV’s World in Action series was on why women were being marginalised by the football authorities, clubs and many male fans. I spent some weeks hanging out with some heavy drinking Stockport fans who had very trenchant views of the place of women in football. There were a few signs of hope – we went to film the amazing AC Milan team. Thirty-two years later determined women have persisted and now women’s football is being recognised for the force it is. The programme went out in January 1990 and was called, rather clumsily, Send for the Sisters. The producer was Stephen Clarke (why no women on the reporting side? Football was not the only thing that a gender issue). I did a couple of articles off the back of the programme and here’s the Guardian one. Perhaps it is time for Granada to re-show the programme as a piece of history.
Absolutely thrilled that @cityjournalism has become number 1 in the UK for the study of media and communications! We have jumped 35 places in a year. A testament to the hard work & success of amazing staff and students, especially during Covid. Our students get good jobs in the industry. Out of 97 Universities.
City University has now entered Top 40. Jumped up from 54th University.
I am sorry to report the death of Andrew Jennings, a friend and colleague for forty years. He was a truly extraordinary journalist and we shared many an adventure together. My condolences to his partner Clare and the children Rosie, Henry and Sophie.
Andrew was never one to let things go. He will be bouncing around the afterworld to doorstep the corrupt Swiss sports administrator Sepp Blatter (FIFA) and the Spanish fascist Juan Antonio Samaranch (IOC) and ask them about taking bribes and the damage they did to sport. There are a few old ‘bad men’ there he will be wanting a word with.