5 live and breaking news
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.