Saturday, March 18, 2017


A sorry tale of economies at BBC local radio emerges from a report by the BBC Trust. Allan Beswick's Late Night Phone-in, which runs for three hours every weeknight on Radio Manchester and Radio Lancashire, managed to interview someone claiming to be calling from prison saying paedophilia wasn't all bad, and the kids quite enjoy it.

The call went on for four and half minutes; presenter Allan, 68, kept probing the caller for evidence; the producer was tied up preparing and reading a news bulletin, and only heard the last minute, before Allan closed it down.

The show apparently boasts both an Editor and a Deputy Editor, neither of whom were in the studio. In future, the producer won't be involved in news bulletins, so that's all good.

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