BBC Audio Jigsaw Puzzle


Until this week, I’d only been vaguely aware of the recent controversy about Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt, who has been compelled to resign from his honorary position at University College London, following some unwise remarks made at a lunch during the World Conference of Science in South Korea.

My very minor involvement in the ongoing spat that has broken out over this resignation, has been to transcribe a couple of audio segments from the BBC’s Today programme on 10th June:

What interests me is that although we hear Sir Tim’s voice during each of these segments, we never hear the actual interview. What we get first is essentially an extended soundbite, and later on in the programme, we get another soundbite from him which is different from the first, except that it has the same concluding couple of sentences. Somewhere along the line, there has been quite a…

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