I've just heard that the BBC World Service has axed its news programme World Update. I hadn't heard it for a while, but I put that down to the erratic scheduling on the the local radio station here in Alberta that carries the World Service. Regular readers will know that I wasn't always impressed by the programmme's main presenter, Dan Damon. His ignorance of, and what often seemed like contempt for, life north of Watford irritated me more than somewhat. All I wanted was for him to wise up a little. He was capable of redemption. I didn't want him to lose his job. The BBC is reasonably good at programmes such as World Update. I can think of several World Service programmes, and presenters, who should have been ahead of Dan and World Update when it came to the axe thanks to their cavalier approach to sex equality and race relations legislation.