C'est La Guerre
Sometimes defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory.
Home Editor Mark Easton got a great, unexpected scoop - an interview with Charles Clarke, sacked as home secretary last month.
Even better - it was embargoed until 10pm. That meant the Ten O'Clock News would be the first programme to run with it - ahead of a longer version on Newsnight.
You may think that's of little consequence, but we editors care deeply about such things.
What we hadn't factored in was that last night's Ten would follow what was arguably the worst football match of all time: a no-score-bore that went to extra time and then penalties. That meant we ended up on air at 1040pm - well after Newsnight had started.
I wouldn't have minded - but even the penalties were boring. Switzerland didn't even score one.