This may be a silly question, but if something is discovered, which is still being checked, or if it is embargoed, will the presenter that's on air know about this? (Apply any news channel you like to this question).
The reason I ask is that Peter Scissons, up until the point where it was confirmed that Robin Cook had died was phrasing things in the past tense- if he didn't know before we did, but whoever makes important editorial decisions did, it would perhaps make him look more convincing in terms of "we don't know what's happening yet", (despite the past tense). Yet if he did, I suppose he may accidentally break the enforced silence. The former being a bit like the Soviet ambassador to the United States during the Cuban missile crisis.
The presenter has the same computer programme running as everyone else (called ENPS
) among the many things it does it displays the news wires... so assuming they are looking in the right place at the right time they would see any announcement.
No doubt Peter Sissons knew exactly what was going on... you can't keep that sort of thing from a presenter, they need to know such things.