The Queen Mother was 101 years old by 2002, you would have thought the BBC would have had plans in place for announcing her death properly with dignity, instead they had Peter Sissons staring into the camera, as if he had been in the toilet, and was dragged out of it mid-way and rushed into the studio with the news report shoved into his hand.
I would highly recommend you read Roger Mosey's book as he talks at great length about this from his perspective of Head of Television News. He says that as much as any death of a 101 year old woman can be expected, it was unexpected, because right up until that point - and they had clearly been preparing for it for many years - the accepted version of events was that the Palace would say the Queen Mother was in hospital, and they'd report that, and have Nicholas Witchell at the hospital and suggest things were looking grim, and so on, and eventually they'd report her death, by which point everything would be in place*. But as it turned out, none of that happened, and the first they knew was that she was dead.
Mosey says that the other problems that weekend were that a) they'd just done a royal death rehearsal the previous weekend which meant that everyone who'd done that was now having the weekend off and b) it was a Bank Holiday weekend and everyone was on holiday so for most of the first bit of the coverage they weren't really concentrating on what was going out on air because they were busy trying to get hold of Lorraine Heggessey in Canada. Mosey also says the big mistake they made was to treat it as breaking news and go straight to phone interviews and haphazard OBs when they should have just run the obituary and spent the next half hour sorting out what happened next.
Peter Sissons also says in his book that although he saw various execs running in and out of meeting rooms all afternoon, he wasn't told anything about it until half an hour before the announcement, so he was pretty much plunged straight into it.
* That's the reason behind the tie, the presumption always was that the announcement of the death would come during a programme that was already on air, and they decided that, if they had to change to black to announce the death, the audience would be distracted from the announcement by the fact they'd just changed clothes (and they'd presumably have to change in about thirty seconds). So they decided if they were suitably sober, that was alright.
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