We’re back on the telly

Some of you may remember that we did a TV pilot for WHYS – where the bosses at the BBC World News channel asked us if we could make our radio programme into a TV programme. Well it seems they liked it as they’ve asked us to do some mini versions of the show throughout the day this Friday, as part of the BBC’s special day focusing on the downturn in the global economy.

More details of how you can catch us later in the week, but for now these are the two central questions we’re going to be asking throughout the day……Is recession inevitable? Have you got your confidence back?

9 Responses to “We’re back on the telly”

  1. 1 Bob in Queensland
    October 20, 2008 at 12:41

    Actually, far from having my confidence back, mine was finally shaken today after weeks of saying “so what?”

    THIS STORY is what did it.

    It seems that if HBOS had gone under, so would have Virgin Atlantic airlines because they had a billion pounds worth of customers’ ticket money on deposit there and HBOS used their fine print to stop Virgin from moving it.

    How many tickets does a billion pounds represent? How many individual travel plans would have been disrupted?

    It just goes to show how fragile the whole world is right now. I suspect the politicians know about stories like this and that’s why so many bail-outs are happening.

    I’m worried.

  2. 2 Jessica in NYC
    October 20, 2008 at 14:19

    In NYC we have been in a recession for over a year, so I think it is inevitable for the rest of the world. My confidence is most certainly not secured by any governmental bailout of wall street. At this moment, I cannot envision *ever* trusting Wall Street again.

    It is very difficult to save 15-20% of my paycheck for retirement living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, to have seen most of it disappear foiled any chance at future trust. Luckily, I am young. What about the people near retirement? The government needs to hold those wall street executives accountable and bring them to justice, which should include jail time. It seems the richest country in the world has found a new way to “stick it” to our elders and seniors, who are suppose to be enjoying their golden years.

    October 20, 2008 at 14:32

    I remember that show time…

    Will it be available online?


  4. 4 1430a
    October 20, 2008 at 15:36

    Hey can I please participate this time without a web cam?

  5. 5 Chuck
    October 20, 2008 at 18:23

    While I enjoy most of the programming from the BBC played over Oregon Public Broadcasting, I have to wonder why we are outsourcing our American radio and TV programming to the British instead of producing the shows ourselves. Every BBC program presented replaces a domestically produced program that would employ Americans.

    Portland, Oregon USA

  6. 6 Marija Liudvika Rutkauskaite
    October 21, 2008 at 15:07

    With so much effort to bail out banks, it seems recession may not be inevitable, especially if one reasons bypassing economic figures at present. The concern of the heads of all the major states means hope to an individual geographically distanced from the turmoil. Thank you.
    Marija Liudvika Rutkauskaite

  7. 7 Jens
    October 21, 2008 at 20:45


    three letters F O X, that’s the reason why.

  8. 8 Luci Smith
    October 22, 2008 at 08:35

    When one has grown up as a grandchild of two families in America who lost almost everything in the crisis of 1929, one has never had any confidence in the money markets, so a recession or a depression is inevitable.

    I think that it is important to cover the economic stories. If only so that it gets people talking and they can get some kind of help if they are in dire straits.

    For the rest of us, who have no money, this just means that the electricity bills will go up and the bus company will hike fares.

  9. 9 Drake Weideman
    October 22, 2008 at 14:25

    Seems to me that we’re completely at the mercy of gamblers. Others call them ‘investors”, but actually they’re just gamblers and it seems silly to me that the world’s economy is in the hands of gamblers.
    I can understand the need and theory behind Wall Street and other exchanges, but I think that it’s gotten out of hand when the entire world economy is based on whether a bunch of gamblers have confidence or are scared.
    And I also wonder if the entire crisis is either intentionally or purposefully misunderstood. In my area (Michigan) average folks are making less this year than last, and the price of necessities has increased. I don’t see that changing regardless of what the Wall St gamblers do, nor whether banks start lending to each other or not. Just because credit loosens up doesn’t mean that my food is going to cost me less, and it would be extremely foolish to use a credit card or take out a loan to pay for my basic monthly needs.
    I think we’re in a recession and it will last quite a while until, however it happens, average wages are once again enough to sustain the average family, allowing them to live adequately and to save a little for the future, without having to rely on credit cards.
    And, to Chuck, this is a ‘British’ Broadcasting blog. If your local Oregon PBS isn’t airing enough local or US programming, they’re the ones to complain to…the BBC is merely producing quality material that many stations worldwide make use of…we shouldn’t hold that against them.

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