Yesterday’s programme from the tent in west London fell way below what you’re entitled to expect from us and i can only apologise.
It wasn’t actually our fault, (though i’m not saying i didn’t make any mistakes !) but that doesn’t matter – it was a tough listen and i can only hope we don’t inflict anything like that on you again.
If there was one saving grace, the BBC’s podcast system has been down for a while, so we didn’t irritate any more people than we already had.
I’ll explain :
The Global News Division of the BBC, of which we’re a part – wanted to showcase all it’s excellent programmes in a tent so that the rest of the BBC could come and see them.
Of course, we were delighted to be asked – we have established a strong reputation for doing good programmes in different places around the world- most recently a rooftop in Mumbai ,but i’d include the burnt-out house in Kibera, Kenya, Robben Island, we’ve broadcast from soup kitchens, refugee churches and even a truck stop on the Zimbabwe border.
All of those programmes sounded better than yesterday’s.
We linked up with Africa Have Your Say – as we have done before – which meant we were going out live in a different hour (one earlier). That meant we couldn’t use our usual studio , so we were in an unfamiliar studio , with staff who knew nothing about the programme.
Back in the tent, because an earlier (pre-recorded ) programme had over run, we had precious little time to prepare.
Then there was the sound , which was to be honest, awful. People couldn’t hear each other in the tent, so lord alone knows how you heard it in your cars , homes and workplaces.
For a boring technical reason (there were a few of those), we couldn’t put phone calls on-air- very frustrating as we had people waiting to talk to us from Iran – until later in the programme.
The news bulletin on the half hour wasn’t played, we found ourselves back on air earlier than we expected, and despite some very professional handling by Ros and Alex, it didn’t work.
As you can imagine there have been one or two words spoken here today and i hope we don’t let you down like that again.