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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Out And About – Conversations About Questions That Matter: How Do We Prevent Fake News? | Special Guest Stewart Purvis
Fake News Stewart Purvis Interview with Ruth Copland

There are different aspects to fake news, the corrosive phenomenon that is pervading American life right now. These include wilful dissemination of untruths, amateurish reporting, lack of fact verification, and social media news delivery. Ruth Copland explores with her special guest, award-winning broadcast media professional, Stewart Purvis, how we can prevent fake news in all its forms.

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Stewart Purvis has over four decades experience in broadcast media including TV and radio reporting, production, editing national news services, running a media business, and broadcast regulation. His career includes positions as Editor of Channel Four News, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN, and Content and Standards Partner at the UK regulator OFCOM. Stewart has won awards for documentaries and news from the Royal Television Society and BAFTA, and for his services to broadcast journalism was awarded by the Queen a CBE, one of the highest British civilian honours. In addition, Stewart was a visiting professor at Oxford University, Professor of Journalism at City University, and has co-authored two books, ‘Guy Burgess: The Spy Who Knew Everyone’ and ‘When Reporters Cross the Line: The Heroes, the Villains, the Hackers and the Spies’. He writes a popular blog on all things to do with broadcast media. Visit Prof Purvis

In Out And About we consider topics with local relevance and global significance. The idea is to get us thinking about the questions that affect us all – to stimulate new thinking, or clarify what we already feel. To hear how other people’s opinions may differ from or be similar to our own.

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