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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Today's show 21/06/11

It was interesting to hear Prime Minister David Cameron give an in-depth and lengthy interview on Radio 2 yesterday afternoon. This must have been a massive opportunity to ask him all sorts of questions, so which show did he appear on? Well, it wasn't the daily programme that features "news, views and live guests", was it? It was Steve Wright's show. On a scale of 1 to 10, how disappointed were you? Or does having Ed Balls and/or Ed Miliband on your programme make up for it?

And as the sound of a barrel being scraped for news stories again echoes around BBC Western House, let's take a good look at what you are dishing up for your listeners' delectation today...

1) PRISON SENTENCES - The government is preparing to abandon plans to allow criminals in England and Wales to have their sentences halved if they plead guilty early : So what are you suggesting, exactly? Is it that the government hasn't got a clue about sentencing rules? Or is it that the government has listened to what has been said, reconsidered the decision and acted accordingly? I'd be willing to bet that this is just another attempt to add to the list of Coalition U-Turns. Is Murray Walker coming back? Next...

2) HOUSE REPOSSESSION 'HOTSPOTS' - As a charity identifies the UK's repossession hotspots, do you remember a day when your home was repossessed? : Do I remember A DAY when my home was repossessed? Ooohhh... good question! Now let me think... No, I cannot remember. You make it sound as though this happens to the same people over and over again. Shouldn't your question be "do you remember THE DAY when your home was repossessed?". Not that many people would forget something as unsettling and upsetting as a repossession, I would guess. Fortunately, it has never happened to me. Next...

3) HIGH SPEED RAIL - Campaigners for a new high-speed rail link say it's a choice between lawns in Buckinghamshire and jobs in Birmingham. Are they right? Find out more in this FT article : The Financial Times web page that you link to can only be accessed if you register on the site, and I can't be bothered to do that. On that basis, I have no idea what you are talking about. Or do I? Next...

4) CHURCH ORGANISTS - And did a church organist ruin your wedding? : We didn't have an organist at our wedding, so the answer to your question is "No". More irrelevance.

Good here, isn't it?

Tomorrow is Radio 2's 2DAY. I am puzzled as to why whoever came up with this idea decided that a Wednesday would be the best day for this. Surely a Tuesday (Two's Day - geddit?) would have been more appropriate. But what would I know? Anyway, I see that you are on from 9am to 10am with Dermot O'Leary doing "Top of the Docs". So, no news tomorrow then? Is the world just stopping for the day? How will we survive?

The whole idea of 2DAY, as I understand it, was to cross-promote Radio 2's programmes to audiences that would not normally hear them. If that is the case, why are you not doing your normal programme between 9am and 10am and subjecting a whole load of other people to this mindless dross? I feel a complaint coming on...!

I also feel a complaint coming on about Thursday's show, if the information I have heard is correct. We'll see what happens.

Complaint lodged on BBC web site:

I notice from the schedule for tomorrow's Radio 2 2DAY that Jeremy Vine and Dermot O'Leary are hosting a show called "Top of the Docs" from 9am to 10am. While I am sure that this programme will be of interest, I am puzzled as to why it is being broadcast on this day at this time.

2DAY is billed as "A 12-hour on-air celebration of everything the UK's favourite radio station has to offer". This concurs with my understanding of 2DAY in that it is meant to bring Radio 2's wide range of programming to audiences who, through their own circumstances, may not normally be able to listen.

My complaint is that the normal format for Jeremy Vine's show has been dropped for 2DAY, so Radio 2's listeners will not be subjected to ..., errr... I mean, will not have the opportunity to listen to Jeremy's unique views on what he mysteriously classifies as "news".


Andy Elms said...

It's interesting that opinionated rants based on whatever was read in that day's Daily Mail isn't seen as a part of "everything the UK's favourite radio station has to offer".

gill kerry said...

But this has been done already, in a way, by 6music wen they turnwd the schedules upside down. At least their presenters did their usual stuff. Tomorrow no pop master etc, no JV dross er sorry news

Stonyground said...

The thing about organists really does set new standards for irrelevancy. FFS what kind of imbecile would think that their wedding day had been "ruined" just because the church organist wasn't very good. Who the hell comes up with this crap?

gill kerry said...

Are houses repossessed in A DAY? I wud think the process takes some time and wud cause serious worries over this whole period.