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The media - Drama part 2

Synopsis

Scene 4.
It's the evening and Mickey is in his bedroom again practising his routine. But this time the mood is different. It's a soulful show - dedicated to his dad. As Mickey speaks we learn more about his dad - about Mr Arnold's tireless work for the hospital radio station he runs...how his commitment to the organization grew stronger during his mother's illness...

But now, Mickey has determined, it's time to get things straight: he's going to visit the news editor for Free Air 12 in the morning.

Scene 5.
The following morning and Mickey is welcomed to Free Air 12 by the news editor. Mickey explains why he feels upset at the treatment of his father - he says his dad didn't deserve to be treated like that.

The news editor explains more about his approach too news. He knows that Mr Arnold is something of a local 'star' and he doesn't feel the report is an attack on Mr Arnold. Instead it's about the missing money and the public's right to know. He goes on to say that 'Good news can be boring.' Free Air 12 has to compete - they need listeners in order to secure advertising revenue. That's why they must make the news as exciting as possible.

Scene 6.
Live on air at Free Air 12 with Shazza Bright reporting. There has been a dramatic development. A local person has been arrested for the theft at the radio station and all the money has been recovered. The police statement makes it clear that no-one from the radio station was involved in the theft.

Then Shazza links live to the hospital radio station where a delighted Mickey is waiting to talk to her. Shazza asks what the good news will mean for the hospital radio organization and Mickey brings his father on air to explain (and this time he really will get to put his side of the story). The hospital radio organization can continue now with their good work, helping people in hospital, free from any suggestion of wrong-doing. As Mickey says: 'it's the good news that's made the news, and it's the plain simple truth.'

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