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The media - Drama part 1

Context

Scene 1.
Mickey Arnold is at home in his bedroom. He's practising his DJ routine because he hopes that one day he'll have his own show on the hospital radio station run by his father, Ralph Arnold.

Mr Arnold calls up and asks Mickey to turn the music down. Then he comes into Mickey's room and switches the tape-recorder off.

He says he has a splitting headache and has obviously had a bad day.

Mr Arnold's mobile phone rings but he's reluctant to answer. 'It'll only be trouble'. When he does answer it the conversation that happens clearly adds to his distress. Then he tells Mickey about his dreadful day. There's been a robbery at the hospital radio station: over £1000 for new equipment that the radio station had received through fund-raising activity has been stolen. The local media have been hounding Mr Arnold and suggesting that it may be one of the radio station's own volunteers that is responsible.

Mr Arnold's mobile rings again. This time it's Shazza Bright, a young reporter from the the news-desk at Free Air 12 Radio. She invites Mr Arnold to be interviewed live on the news and Mr Arnold agrees - it's an opportunity for him to put his side of the story.

Scene 2.
Live on air at Free Air 12. Shazza Bright interviews Mr Arnold. But the interview is far from what Mr Arnold expects. She pushes the line that the hospital radio station has been irresponsible with the public's money and that the radio station is more or less culpable for the theft. She demands to know why the public should ever trust the hospital radio organization again. Mr Arnold is lost for words.

Scene 3.
Home again, after the radio interview and Mickey is trying to console his dad with a cup of tea. Mr Arnold is feeling bitter about the interview and doesn't feel he was given any opportunity to put over his point of view. He recalls that in the past he had tried very hard to get the local media interested in the work of the hospital radio station - but they were never interested until there was something bad to report.

Mickey appears determined to do something to put things right again.

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