It's been a privilege to listen to Steve Hewlett every week

Steve Hewlett recently revealed that he has only weeks to live
Steve Hewlett recently revealed that he has only weeks to live Credit: PA

Sarah Sands, next editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, gave her first interview to The Media Show (Radio 4, Wednesday), a scoop for the programme but a masterclass in the art of interviewee swerve. Sands is a print journalist. This is one of the most important jobs in broadcasting. All previous editors, including the only other woman, Jenny Abramsky, have come from the BBC ranks.

Interviewed by Andrea Catherwood, standing in for Steve Hewlett, Sands sparkled, charmed, praised Today and, while declining to discuss her BBC salary, revealed she would be taking a pay cut. Poor Andrea, I thought. Hewlett would have gone in harder on the tackle.

Sarah Sands will become the new Today editor Credit: Andrew Crowley

But, as listeners know, Hewlett can’t. The Media Show...

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