Rob McLoughlin paid tribute to the late Lord Ashdown on BBC Breakfast live on Sunday 23rd December on BBC1 and BBC News Channel.
Rob who presented political programmes on Granada Television as well as news and current Affairs series on ITV; BBC Five Live and commercial radio described Paddy Ashdown as a real ‘action man’ in line with his image and his ‘remarkable’ experience in the military, diplomacy and politics.
He recalled how ‘tough’ he could be to interview in set piece political discussions where he would often ‘attack’ the premise of a question – he recalled an encounter in a European election campaign in the 1990s which made headlines within hours of transmission and was quoted by Michael Heseltine on BBC TV’s Question Time later that night.
It followed comments by Paddy that sovereignty of the people was more important than sovereignty of Parliament in a ‘heated exchange’ on the power of the European Commission.
Rob also told a funny story about Paddy at a Lib-Dem conference in Torquay which showed how he was leading a party ‘yet to mature’.
Rob also discussed President Trump and the US partial closedown in Washington DC plus he discussed the Virtual Grand National and Artificial Intelligence and the science behind changing managers at the key moment following Man Utd’s 5-1 victory over Cardiff City.
BBC Breakfast is produced from MediaCityUK live each day and reaches up to 6m viewers daily.
It is a BBC News production.
Rob is scheduled to re-appear in 2019.
Rob returns to the famous red sofa to review the Sunday papers on the popular BBC BREAKFAST
programme live from MediaCityUK in Salford.
As The Pope visits Ireland, as President Trump proclaims the innocence of a leading backer on trial and as the Premier League gets into full swing, Rob will be looking for the fresh new angles as well as the witty and unusual stories of the day.
The programme claims a reach of six million viewers a day.
It is produced by BBC News and broadcast live on BBC1 and the BBC News Channel.
The Paper Review is scheduled for 0720 and O820.
Two days into the Rio Games 2016, weeks into the new Theresa May Conservative administration and as the US Presidential Election refuses to take a summer break, Rob returns to the BBC Breakfast sofa to review the Sunday newspapers.
With the football season opening in England and Wales and the Premier League season just a week away he is likely to touch these and other major news stories from Britain and around the world.
The programme boasts an audience reach of 6.5m people daily and is broadcast on BBC One and the BBC News Channel.
Produced from MediaCityUK by BBC News.
Rob returns to the popular BBC Breakfast sofa on Saturday morning to review the day’s press.
He is likely to look ahead to the ensuing debate about the EU Referendum, the speculation about Donald Trump’s chances of replacing Barack Obama and the closing stages of the football season and much more.
This marks Rob’s sixth appearance on the BBC Breakfast programme since the 2015 General Election – the BBC says it is watched by 6m people daily and is shown on BBC1 and BBC News.
Produced from MediaCityUK, the programme is made by BBC News.
Rob is back on the BBC Breakfast sofa on Saturday to review the newspapers at 8.20 aand 9.20 a.m. It’s been a busy week for news and this should be a lively review.
BBC Breakfast is broadcast live from MediaCityUK and is produced by BBC News.