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Monday, 10 June 2002
It's the BBC's Baton Woman!
Harriet Roberts

Meet Harriet Roberts - the woman with her finger firmly on the pulse of the Baton as it tours the UK who will be allowing BBC 2002 a peek into her personal Diary, bringing us all the excitement of following the Baton Relay over 5,000 miles and coordinating coverage of the Baton's progress in the hands of 5,000 runners - from local heroes to major celebrities.

Harriet also has the daunting task of making sure that the Queen's Jubilee Baton Relay is seen on BBC TV and heard on BBC radio stations on each of the fifty days when the baton makes its journey the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

Harriet will liaise with the fifty councils in whose patch the baton travels, making sure the daily events to celebrate the batons's safe arrival both go ahead, are well organised and are bang on time to be captured on camera.

BBC North West Tonight will feature the whereabouts of the baton each and every night from June 6th onwards, since the North West is the host region for the Commonwealth Games.

And that's not all, each day for the 50-day tour, Harriet has to make sure that the filmed and taped material is available for transmission right round the world to any of the 72 countries taking part.

As Harriet says: "It's quite a daunting task really. It certainly was when we started out with just a blank sheet of paper, with fifty venues to fill, with fifty councils to get on board and with TV and radio crews to organise and liaise with. However, we're working with the team from the Sydney Olympics and they are experts, having worked on the logistics of the Olympic Torch.

She adds: "We've got as much in place as its possible to do but we all know it won't be plain sailing, though in a way, that's the exciting element. Anything done live gives that ingredient of unpredictability and people appreciate that.

"The trick is keeping everybody happy. Each night's party event - at the end of the baton's journey that day - has to work as a live event for everyone there but also for TV and radio as well."

"But anything to do with large audiences and organising TV and radio coverage - well, that's a Harriet job. I really do like putting on a bit of a show."

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