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I'm not sure what I expected Sally Traffic's Radio 2 office to be like.

Perhaps the cockpit of a 747 or a TV studio control room, lights and switches everywhere, incessant phone calls, a multitude of assistants thrusting the latest information into her hand before she rushes into Steve Wright's studio. Not quite.

There's a desk, a chair, a curtain free window with views over pigeon defiled rooftops, a phone line and a computer screen and Ms Boazman herself - and that's it. Not that Sally needs a chair.

When I talked to her this week she seemed never to sit down, checking the phone calls of her motoring friends, peering through cameras from all over the country and accessing the latest police and AA information, before running across the corridor to Steve Wright's studio where she ad libbed her way through a list of jams and accidents, ending dead on time, to no-one's surprise.

As you can see I was impressed by her calm, charm and productivity, but I was also armed with a number of emails from Feedback listeners wondering whether Sally's updates were 'surplus to requirements'.

Surely with all the apps, BBC local radio stations and other technological advances, they said, Sally should cut the traffic, and concentrate on presenting instead. As your prosecuting barrister I did of course press her on these points.

Listeners were also keen to raise questions about the amount of coverage of the Republican primaries in the USA. Most of our correspondents are of the view that there is far too much - and that a lot of it is simply incomprehensible. I put those points to Richard Clark, the editor of the BBC Radio newsroom.

And if you're still confused here is a link to the BBC website where the primary process is explained.

Please join me next week on Feedback when I will be talking to Justin Webb and Victoria Derbyshire about the art of the interview. Please let me know what you'd like me to ask them. I might even learn something.

Roger Bolton presents Feedback

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by philthehombre

    on 12 Mar 2012 14:12

    Although the incidents of the unforeseen and unwanted are local to barely any the ''lovely and wonderful'' productivity of Sally's aesthetictizations of them spatter as innocently as the flapping overhead.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by newlach

    on 10 Mar 2012 14:03

    I have no way of knowing how valuable or otherwise Sally is. None of the news of traffic accidents and delays that I have ever heard while driving have affected me, though I have often found myself sitting in traffic many times. Perhaps there are large numbers of people who have managed to avoid traffic jams by listening to Sally's reports and taking a diversion, but I have never knowingly met one of them. If new technology can provide motorists with up-to-date information on traffic problems the question why licence-fee payers still have to pay for the abacus, as it were, must be asked.

    I have not heard too much about Super Tuesday on the radio, but have heard more about the Russian elections. Despite the BBC's loss of Matt Frei last year there are still plenty of excellent journalists in the USA who could cover Super Tuesday.

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