And no coverage of the ongoing Derbyshire dam problems? During the 10pm news we were told disaster could strike at any moment?
It appears that the BBC are opting to show a 30-minute interview with a Labour politician 3 times between now and 5 am rather than show any real coverage of this byelection that Labour has no realistic prospect of winning (but which could well be the first part of the PM losing his majority)...
(the same edition of HardTalk is currently listed as being shown at 0:30,2:30 and 4:30 which I assume is either lazy scheduling or an error in the listings)
My own brother has a part in this ongoing major story and is directly involved in the incident room along with all the relevant authorities and will continue to be over the weekend. Word is that certain national media organisations who shall remain nameless are allegedly relishing this dam breaking and flooding Whaley Bridge in order to get a great story and footage. If accurate I hope they are denied that wish. The story is interesting and dramatic enough already without the need for the dam to burst and ruin a whole community for the benefit of rolling news entertainment for the wider masses.
With regards to the lack of coverage, there was special overnight coverage provided by BBC Radio Manchester. However, I will admit that there could have been a bit more coverage overnight. Whilst I don't live in the impacted area, I know people who do live in the area and I still live in the Derbyshire Dales, so I did want to know what was going on. However, being on holiday in Wales at the time (with no internet access) meant that it was slightly frustrating not knowing what was going on back home.
I think this has also highlighted how poorly prepared some broadcasters are. From what I have read, the severe flood warning was issued at around 1:50pm with the evacuation ordered at about 2:20pm. Listening back to BBC Radio Manchester, they led with it during their 2pm news bulletin, but then the main presenter carried on as if it was business as usual. It isn't until Edwina Currie brought it up that the presenter decided to bring it up, before going back to music and other features. I have no expertise in producing a radio programme, but if something that serious was to come through, I'd be getting information gathered and delivered, as opposed to having a brief chat with a former MP on the topic, then playing a bit of music.
Finally, Rich Tea, I hope your brother knows that, whatever role he is playing, it is appreciated by, not just the people of Whaley Bridge, but by the whole county.
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