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Alex Sergent | 12:51 UK time, Wednesday, 21 October 2009

BBC Radio 5 live's Wake up to Money in GlasgowBBC Radio 5 live's Wake up to Money in Glasgow

Here at the BBC's Television Centre where we produce and broadcast Wake Up To Money we felt it was about time that we tell you a bit more about our programme. This blog is also a good opportunity to provide you with a bit of insight into how we put the show together so you can get an idea of what we get up to and why we cover the stories we do.

So, last week we went to Scotland. For starters to be part of the BBC's Money Matters roadshow at the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow. However, we thought this was a great opportunity to extend our coverage, spend a few days in Scotland and take a close-up look at different aspects of the economy. On Monday, the first anniversary of the rescue of UK banks - especially Royal Bank of Scotland and HBOS - we broadcast live from Edinburgh. Then we went to Aberdeen to look at the success of the UK oil industry, and on Wednesday - the day of the unemployment figures - we came to Glasgow and investigated how the economic downturn has driven up unemployment.

Putting an outside broadcast (OB) together is not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of planning and involves a great deal of logistics. We had a small team of producers and the programmes editor to discuss story ideas, guests, locations and make the technical arrangements for our show's co-presenter Andrew Verity (pictured) and his producer, Andrew Castle.

OBs don't always go as planned. On Monday we suffered a rare technical double whammy: not only did our radio car fail in the financial district of Edinburgh, but also our back-up, the portable satellite dish! Fortunately enough we had an unflappable Nicky Campbell back in London, who was given the task to interview the chief executive of the Co-op with just a few seconds' notice!

We'd like to hear from you, and are especially keen to find out how you listen to the programme. If you download our podcasts, what would you suggest on how we can improve them? We'd also like to hear your suggestions where we should go for any future outside broadcasts - drop us a line on wakeuptomoney@bbc.co.uk

Alex Sergent is a Broadcast Assistant on Wake up to Money

Until tomorrow morning, 0530, bright and early!


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