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27/05/2017
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    Feedback: Radio 2 Traffic Control

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    Feedback's presenter Roger Bolton

    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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