Michael Blastland is a writer and broadcaster. For nearly twenty years, he worked as a journalist at the BBC where he became a radio current-affairs presenter and producer, devising innovative programmes including: More or Less on Radio 4 – about numbers in public argument – of which he was also the first producer (with Andrew Dilnot the original presenter), a programme now well into its second decade; The Human Zoo – about behavioural science, which he also presented; and Whodunnit? – an investigative current affairs format. Other work included Analysis, The Inquiry, and two series of A History of Britain in Numbers – a blend of storytelling, data, and the innovative use of audio-graphs – which he produced and co-wrote with the presenter, also Andrew Dilnot. He can still be heard as an occasional presenter on BBC Radio 4, and the BBC World Service.
He has written for most national newspapers and magazines such as Prospect, New Statesman, Times Educational and Times Higher Educational supplements, Significance, Open Democracy, and Sense About Science.
Michael has also taught, advised and presented widely, in schools, to businesses, government, academia, voluntary organisations and others.