In case anyone missed the extended rerun of Have I Got News For You on BBC1 on Monday evening, it contained a really good segment about the Jubilee and most of all about the BBC coverage - bracingly unguarded and some eye-popping examples of fatuous commentary I'd missed. Really hilarious 10 minutes or so - laugh-out loud funny, I thought, and some great denunciation of the 'dumbing down' mentality chez Auntie
It's between 2mins 20secs and 14mins here:
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Same applies to R3, and many of us have been saying it for years. Will anyone at R3 listen? Hey, Chris Patten, you on receive or what?
I often wonder if the BBC management are being shown specially made versions of the programmes we see...
'...he thought it was "a really good piece of broadcasting" on the whole.'
So much for BBC Director General Mark Thompson's judgement!
"We also had one or two - not many but one or two - inaccuracies in the commentary which we shouldn't have had." [Note the 'not many' passage - an attempt to restructure memories. Not many would have listed the criticisms in detail.]
"However, Mr Thompson insisted he would not "talk about individual elements" of the coverage." [Why? - he's already acknowledged there were a few problems. How can you discuss them without talking about the 'individual elements'?]
So today we learn that the BBC had problems in its flotilla coverage owing to the weather on that day affecting the camera crews operating from boats?
Other networks covering the event had different weather?