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Eddie Mair | 05:10 UK time, Tuesday, 28 August 2007

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  1. At 06:37 AM on 28 Aug 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Is it that time already?

    I completely missed last night's programme with top Fi-Glover-Impersonator Paddy O'Connell.

    What did I miss?

    At a guess: Greek fires, Prescott resigns, Princess of Wales stays in to wash her hair...

  2. At 07:16 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Gossipmistress wrote:

    I heard about two thirds on my way back from work. Really enjoyed Paddy's gentle humour & thought it flowed well. I agree with the listener who called in about the interview with Rhys Jones' parents though - the interviewer (?who) seemed just to be asking questions which were designed to make them break down in tears.

  3. At 07:22 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Peter Bolt wrote:

    Just a point of order;
    A anon Text msg from a Listener was read out
    Should not it be a matter of policy that any anon
    msg should be disregarded ?
    By making it clear that such a agenda would always be followed a clear line of responsibilty would be ensured.

  4. At 08:56 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Rob Grover wrote:

    For reasons about which I shall not bore you dear readers I listned to the majority of Monday's programme and thought Mr. O'Connell got the presentation and tone right in every aspect. Lots of different stories to handle in different ways.Well done that man.

    Now lets see your picture adorne the right hand side of the page in a formal welcome and addition to the PM team.

  5. At 09:10 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Don't forget to give Peter the box of shortbread, Eddie, as his reward for withholding the Blog password.

    Poor Paddy. Eddified yet again.

  6. At 09:26 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Peter Rippon - PM Editor wrote:

    As a rule we would not use an anoymous texter but I sort of felt it was a decent charge to lay against us. It was my call to run the interview and the producer, Laura, edited it very skillfully. I was torn between finding it compelling and admiring the parents interigrity, and feeling uncomfortable and intrusive. I went with running it at decent length because it was such a powerful listen.
    We discussed it in the glassbox afterwards, especially in the light of the current argument that modern news culture is too much about provoking emotional responses than informing and holding to account.


    I am off to find my password now.......

  7. At 09:41 AM on 28 Aug 2007, anonymous wrote:

    Peter, I don't see your line of reasoning. Surely there is no harm in the person who sent in the text message remaining anonymous.

    I would expect that a reasonable percentage of these blog comments are largelu anonymous as it happens!

  8. At 10:24 AM on 28 Aug 2007, andonymous wrote:

    Absolutely right, Jonnie (7)!

  9. At 10:49 AM on 28 Aug 2007, anonymous wrote:

    I couldn't agree more, Andy

  10. At 10:50 AM on 28 Aug 2007, psuedonymous wrote:

    I think anonymous(7) may have a valid point!

  11. At 11:10 AM on 28 Aug 2007, Vyle Hernia wrote:

    On Friday I sent a text on behalf of my wife anonymously by mistake. So I then sent the same one again, adding her name.

    Point is, sender may have just forgotten to add name. Most texts arrive from recognised numbers, and one doesn't need to st8 one's name when sending.

    Anyway, I didn't hear it read out so dunno if it was the one.

  12. At 12:00 PM on 28 Aug 2007, admin annie wrote:

    Well I have said it before - the phrase 'how do you feel about xyz? should be banished from any reporters lips when interviewing parents about murdered children or indeed people with murdered partners. Peter R and I had an exchange of e-mails in similar vein over the wife of the British soldier bombed to death by our Yankee allies who then refused to release video footage to the inquest to be used as evidence.
    The worst offender I ever came across was someone from Yorkshire TV who asked an asian mother who had less than complete command of English anyway 'How did you feel when you were told that your daughter was strangled with her own scarf?. (Sorry, I forget the proper name but it's the scarf like thing that is worn round the neck with those tunics and trousers many asian women wear.)
    What is the response the reporter expects in these situartions? Can there actually be any doubt about how these bereaved parents and partners are feeling? Close family and friends can ask 'how are you feeling' in private, because apart from anything else they probably care about the answer. Journalists shouldn't.
    Obviously I feel very strongly about this, sorry if I've gone on a bit long.

  13. At 12:08 PM on 28 Aug 2007, Stewart M wrote:

    peter (6). Re Passwords.
    I presume System and Admin didn't work

    Or for that matter eddie and mair1...

  14. At 12:32 PM on 28 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Stewart, you know it was probably "password". Or Kate O'Mara.

  15. At 12:58 PM on 28 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Stewart, you know it was probably "password". Or Kate O'Mara.

  16. At 01:03 PM on 28 Aug 2007, anonnymouse wrote:

    oi....(7), (8), (9) & (10)....

    ...stop mucking about......LOL

  17. At 01:32 PM on 28 Aug 2007, heynonnynomouse wrote:

    Annoymouse: How dare you steal my catchphrase! I'll set Ramblin' Sid on you ...

  18. At 01:36 PM on 28 Aug 2007, annoyingmouse wrote:

    Hey, Pluto!

  19. At 01:42 PM on 28 Aug 2007, anonanonomousse wrote:

    I concur (7,8,9,10)

  20. At 03:06 PM on 28 Aug 2007, anonnymouse wrote:

    heynonnynomouse (17)

    oohhh eeerrrr matron

  21. At 03:47 PM on 28 Aug 2007, Bona Law wrote:

    HORNE: Can you help me? I've erred.

    SANDY: Well, we've all erred, ducky. I mean, it's common knowledge, ennit, Ju1e?

    HORNE: Will you take my case?

    JULIAN: Well, it depends on what it is. We've got a criminal practice that takes up most of our time.

    HORNE: Yes, but apart from that - I need lega1 advice.

    SANDY: Ooh - isn't he bold? Time has not withered nor custom staled his infinite variety

    JULIAN: What is it you've done?

    HORNE: (shyly) I don't like to say.

    JULIAN: Oh, you can tell us. Sand and me have handled the most bizarre briefs - nothing could shock us.

    HORNE: Well - look, it's here on this charge sheet.

    SANDY: Let's have a vada. Oh Jule, look at this!

    JULIAN: Ooh! He didn't!

    SANDY: He did. Look, it's written down.

    JULIAN: But I mean - in broad daylight - outside the Corner House - aren't you ashamed?

    HORNE: Yes - but it is on1y a parking offence.

    SANDY: Only! They're very hot on that. What do you think, Jule?

    JULIAN: Hmm - let me look up me tort.

    SANDY: Shh - he's looking up his tort. Sometimes it takes him hours to find what he's looking for. Ah, he's found it. Well?

    JULIAN: I recommend we try Per verulium ad camphorum actus injuria linctus est.

    SANDY: That's your actual Latin.

    HORNE: What does it mean?

    JULIAN: I dunno - I got it off a bottle of horse rub, but it sounds good, doesn't it? How shall we tackle it, Sand?

    SANDY: I think we should plead insanity.

    JULIAN: Yes, but what about Mr. Horne?

    SANDY: Oh, him. I'll defend him. I'll do me speech for the defence. Would you 1ike to hear it?

    JULIAN: Go on, do your plea, Sand. Oh, he's an eloquent pleader.

    SANDY: Omes and palones of the jury, vada well the eek of the poor ome who stands before you, his lallies trembling. He has his share of guilt, but who is without it? We all have a bit - every one of us. We have our share. His on1y crime was that he loved not wisely but not too well. This kid never had a chance - born on the wrong side of the tracks, forced to take in washing - society drove him to a life of vice. It is not this ome who is on trial - it is all of us. We made him what he is - without hope, without love, without hair. Give him a chance to become a useful citizen again - a housewife and a mother, so that he can look the world in the face and say, `I name this ship HMS Ark Royal. God bless all who sail in her!'

    JULIAN: Bravo, Sand! You could have been a Queen's Counsel. Well, Mr. Horne- what do you say?

    HORNE: Have you got Quintin Hogg's phone number?

  22. At 03:51 PM on 28 Aug 2007, anonnymouse wrote:

    annoyingmouse (18)


  23. At 03:59 PM on 28 Aug 2007, anonnymouse wrote:

    LOOK OUT MICES!!.. there is a cat loitering at (1)

    ....abusive....I think not......

  24. At 04:28 PM on 28 Aug 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    annonnymous (23):

    Yeah and I hates those meeces to peeces!

    *adjusts bow tie*

  25. At 04:55 PM on 28 Aug 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Annie (12) - It is of lesser significance, but I remember the BBC reporter who asked this of tennis player Anna Kournikova, “You lost today, how do you feel about that?” Stupid question, she was annoyed, things deteriorated from there. He still works for the BBC, and I still think he’s not up to the job.

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