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Hasit Shah | 11:49 UK time, Tuesday, 16 November 2010

In the last hour, news has broken of Prince William's upcoming wedding to Kate Middleton. 5 live is at its best when we have a big, developing story on our hands, and the newsroom really springs to life. Last week's student demonstration in London was another example of how 5 live brings the latest news throughout the day.

Victoria Derbyshire interrupted a conversation with our chief political correspondent John Pienaar to announce the news that had just dropped on the wires. The team at the production desk immediately hit the phones to try and get good guests on air, and there were immediate responses from listeners via text, email and social networks.

Frazer in Edinburgh said he's already bored of the coverage. He may have to listen selectively today. Because this is 5 live, we are constantly getting listeners' reactions, positive and negative, so we can gauge what the country thinks of it.

The BBC News Twitter stream is also active, as are colleagues' personal accounts. I'm not sure of the merits of announcing news to 30-odd followers, but I'll allow them their excitement.

5 live's Core News team are busy making sure we have reporters in all the appropriate locations, and it's situations like this where our network of regional journalists comes into its own. We can get to wherever we need to be as quickly as possible. For example, Chris Mason's usually our political reporter, but he's been sent to Buckingham Palace.

George Riley said he once saw the Prince paying for his own petrol, and Gabby Logan pointed out that all the major international news networks are heavily featuring the Royal announcement. Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Channel 4 News said today's a good day to bury bad news.

We'll also shortly be hearing from the PM, and we just got reaction from some British soldiers in Afghanistan. They seemed pretty pleased.

UPDATE 1500: Richard Bacon's been asking listeners for their connections to Royal weddings, the more tenous the better. Yesterday, Richard recorded an interview with the legendary rapper Chuck D. It's not often we get someone like that, so the editor made sure it was broadcast. As it turned out, there weren't any significant Royal developments while we ran the tape.

We've heard from the Prime Minister, who said he heard the news during a Cabinet meeting, and that everyone cheered. Prince Charles has said he's 'thrilled' (although we have yet to actually hear him.) But as I mentioned, not much else has happened since the initial flurry. It'll be Drive's lead story, and presumably Livesey's too. Maybe even Breakfast's (although it's far too early to know for certain). Once this is all done, we have several months of wedding news to look forward to...

UPDATE 0815: It was indeed the lead on Drive yesterday, and the programme was extended beyond 7pm to accommodate Tom Bradby's interview with the couple. That came to us at around 7. It's also Breakfast's main story, and will be discussed further on Your Call. (Call 0500 909 693 if you want to speak to Nicky after 9.) It's on the front page of every national newspaper (except the Independent), and major news organisations around the world are giving it plenty of coverage.


  • Comment number 1.

    ''George Riley said he once saw the Prince paying for his own petrol''

    I'm speechless.

  • Comment number 2.

    "Chris Mason's usually our political reporter, but he's been sent to Buckingham Palace."
    What, so he can say "I'm standing outside Buckingham Palace..." and continue to give a report that would be no different from one he could give from a studio?

    I'd love to know what the totally unnecessary travel expenses bill will be for today.
    So what, it's only licence payers' money, there'll be another £3.5bn next year.

  • Comment number 3.

    Has everyone gone mad? This is the non news story of the year. Anyone with half a brain could see it coming.

    I wish someone would render George Riley speechless.

  • Comment number 4.

    I saw the news on the website and thought (sensibly) to wait until World at One came on radio 4 to get the story. Then I had a moment of madness and tuned into Gabby and George. I too was speechless. This was appaling radio. Who on earth is producing this drivel? Whatever stance you take on a Royal Wedding, this should have been breaking news handled at its best. Instead you get this. What is happening to this station?

  • Comment number 5.

    Let's just hope it turns out better than the last royal wedding that was hyped like this.

  • Comment number 6.

    Seems my decision not to listen to 5live for one single minute today has reaped massive benefits.You know exactly what you are going to get now when a story like this breaks on this station.The ' journo's ' are so desperate to justify themselves that it all kicks into some wild and mad overdrive.The George Riley comment doesn't surprise me in the least.In fact it just confirms how dire 5live has become and it obviously isn't going to change anytime soon however much we protest.God knows what kind of intelligence level they think all the listeners have ?That is the most frightening aspect.

  • Comment number 7.

    ...silly me of course I know what intelligence levels 5live managers/presenters think its listeners has...

    ...they exist on a staple diet of hearing about anything to do with X Factor,all things celebrity,reading Hello magazine,watching Strictly and The Apprentice,can't get enough stories about Katie Price and Colleen and Wayne Rooney etc,etc.......

  • Comment number 8.

    "Richard Bacon's been asking listeners for their connections to Royal weddings, the more tenous the better."

    What is the point of encouraging trivial rubbish? More lazy filler on a so called news and sport speech radio station.

    Bacon was totally out of his depth with the student demo last we. He just isn't up to covering breaking news.

  • Comment number 9.

    "The BBC News Twitter stream is also active, as are colleagues' personal accounts. I'm not sure of the merits of announcing news to 30-odd followers"

    ... we're wondering the same thing Hasit.

  • Comment number 10.

    Its the terrifying statement in the last paragraph I find disturbing.....

    ' When this is all done we have several months of wedding news to look forward too.....'

    This has got to be Hasit winding us all up surely or in reality.... thats sorted out Vickys,Logans and Bacons news scedule for the next 6 months !!

  • Comment number 11.

    Everything else can go out of the window but Chuck D has to stay. I wonder how many of 5live's typical listeners knew who he was.

  • Comment number 12.

    Dom is spot on.

    Would you have heard this pre-AVK? "Richard Bacon's been asking listeners for their connections to Royal weddings, the more tenous the better." ... talk about dumbing down.

  • Comment number 13.

    ryanw and Binkie Huckaback - I wasn't being entirely serious with those remarks, don't worry. Having said that, I have no idea how much coverage we'll get till the wedding day.

    lunchtime_legend - I don't think we have a 'typical listener', as you put it, but even if we did, Chuck D is a man of genuine cultural significance and substance, who is worth hearing from. In my view, anyway.

  • Comment number 14.

    Thanks for the reply but if you don't know who your intended audience is, well maybe that is the problem.
    More likely I suspect that Chuck D is just another attempt to bring in listeners with a particular interest in music which is becoming more prevalent on 5live.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hasit, you work for the BBC not the Comedy Channel... the same BBC who used to not deliver "tenous" radio programming.

    My how the mighty have fallen.

  • Comment number 16.

    Just heard some fantastic breaking news. If I heard it correctly Richard Bacon was being tipped for the now vacant job on the One Show. If this means that he will have to give up the disaster that is his 2-4pm slot on 5, then please, please let this happen.

  • Comment number 17.

    Mmmm tantalising tidbit mayo. I've just looked at Bacon's Twitter and he said he has just had lunch with the editor of said show. He is denying getting the job but is revelling in, and indeed feeding the fire of the speculation.
    Either bluff and counter bluff or just another work out for his ego. Who knows.

    It's hard to get excited though as if it proves to be the case I can only envisage any successor being asked to maintain the triviality of the slot.
    We won't get another Mayo that's for sure.

  • Comment number 18.

    Oh please, please let it be true. Anyone or anything would be an improvement in the 2 -4 slot.

  • Comment number 19.

    @16 let's hope it is true MayoIs, then I can start listing to afternoons again if we get somebody like John Inverdale.

    Typical Bacon to tweet about it, you’d think after Manford’s Twitter downfall he would have more sense.

  • Comment number 20.


    Bacon later tweeted:

    "PS when I say lunch with the editor of The One Show, mean in the same restaurant. Sorry er, should have explained that earlier."

    Looks like our hopes have been dashed.

  • Comment number 21.

    Isn't that just such a perfect example of the immaturity and self-obsessive nature of the man?

  • Comment number 22.

    Nicky Campbell fell into the same trap a few years ago in an interview in The Guardian.
    They are self obsessed, thinking they are important presenters. In truth, as is all too self evident, they are not up to the task.

    Been a lot of moderation on these blogs of late. Are the honest 'posters' getting a little too close to the truth?

  • Comment number 23.

    More saturation coverage, this time of a little local difficulty in Ireland. Unfortunately 5live's expert on all things Irish is Stephen Nolan.
    He's been complaining on Twitter of overwork. Well, no-one's forcing you to work for 5live.

  • Comment number 24.

    Well done Maureen Lipman. It is about time that a guest commented on the usual practice of R5L interupting the guest to go to a reporter with some mildly interesting 'breaking news'. The update on the Irish bail-out details could have waited until Maureen had finished her spot.

  • Comment number 25.

    Agree, Greg. She sounded pretty exasperated - and when Bacon defended the practice (of continual interruptions) came back with "what? even mid-sentence?" And then all the people who kept walking in to do their 'bit' - travel, sport, weather etc.

    It isn't very joined-up and is irritating to listen to let alone if you're a guest on your nth attempt to speak more than a sentence!

  • Comment number 26.

    Which bright spark decided that Five Live Breakfast now needs to be called "Ashes Five Live Breakfast" or somesuch. As if we wouldn't know that the Ashes were on, with your constant annoying reminders.
    If you are going to change the name of the show to include references to the day's main content, why haven't you started calling it 'Ashes, X Factor and Strictly with a little bit of real news fitted in if we have time Five Live Breakfast', because that seems to be what it's turning into.

  • Comment number 27.

    Ashes Five Live Breakfast ... probably a not so subtle ploy by Campbell to blag a trip to Aussie just after Xmas I suspect.

  • Comment number 28.

    "Ashes Breakfast"!!! What a ridiculous name. And to think people are paid out of licence fee payer monet to come up with such cringeworthy titles like that.

    I wouldn't mind so much if the station actually covered the ashes. But all we get is updates every so often. There are many other channels that give you more and 5Live wouldn't even be on the list if you wanted to know how the match is going.

    Whoever came up with that name needs to get the sack!

  • Comment number 29.

    Don't know why Logan had to go to Zurich unless it was to give her another chance to get the duty free skin cream she had to throw away last time.
    She's hardly appeared on the TV coverage.

  • Comment number 30.

    Have to admit that when he's out of the studio, away from a chiding co-presenter and not having to read out rubbish contributions, Peter Allen shows he still has it.

  • Comment number 31.

    Nigel, since when is a BBC employee praising a BBC employee newsworthy, relevent or appropriate for the 5Live twitter feed?

    MarkBrighty Well done to @bbc5live correspondent @GordonFarquhar on todays World Cup coverage, a true professional, knowledgeable & informative. about 2 hours ago via ÜberTwitter Retweeted by bbc5live http://twitter.com/MarkBrighty/status/10390091583201280
    Tag: Propaganda

  • Comment number 32.

    Just another example of the "I'm marvellous, you're marvellous, we're all marvellous" culture that's endemic in the BBC.

  • Comment number 33.

    Any chance of the sports panel being a proper discussion instead of resembling one of Logan's dinner parties?
    Failing that, any chance of her leaving a few months early?
    Whenever she leaves, hopefully she'll take Riley with her.

  • Comment number 34.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 35.

    Ref 34 (as was): The hypocritical BBC are quite happy to use Twitter when it promotes their content but are quick to disassociate themselves from anything controversial appears.

  • Comment number 36.

    No point asking why my post was removed then?

  • Comment number 37.

    So when Will Perry does the sport on Logan's show he only comes into the studio to read the bulletins.
    When George Riley does the sport he stays in the studio for the full two hours.
    What's the rationale behind that?

  • Comment number 38.

    How sad are you if you have to give a running commentary on Twitter on an event that you are watching on TV from thousands of miles away and which is getting ball-by-ball coverage anyway?
    If your name's Arlo White ...

  • Comment number 39.

    Re post 38 ... it's simply indicative of people obsessed by Twitter who think their views are remotely interesting to others. In this case a reserve presenter getting above his station?


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