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Old 07-05-2013, 23:29
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Except that the format of multiple callers and who/when to put them on is not the doing of Nicky Campbell.
Exactly. It's not Nicky's fault. I think he's brilliant at what he does - light-hearted and convivial but right on top of the political stuff at the same time.

The ratio of idiots to sane people on "Your Call" is embarrassing but you can only present what's put in front of you.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:12
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Why have a guest on the line so close to the news or programme change over?
Because the "great guest" either calls really late or doesn't answer their phone when you call back.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:04
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When they do get a caller, a pundit or an expert on the line why do they very often start an interview just before the top of the hour, the person is in full flow and you hear the presenter say OK (meaning shut up) - we will have to leave it there - meaning they have run out of time.

Yet during the preceeding 58 minutes there is plenty of idle chit chat or filling.
Anyone who's ever produced live speech radio will know why (and I'm not taking a shot at those who haven't).

Unfortunately - and especially on a station like 5live where everything is very fluid and reactive to events as they happen - with the best will in the world you can't always get the person you want on the line at exactly the moment you want them.

When that happens, you end up with the presenter(s) either having to fill with 'idle chit chat' - or you might have to go to another item if it's available or carry on a bit longer than you'd otherwise have done with the current item. On top of that, your presenter(s) might also steal some time to read out texts and e-mails or share an anecdote etc. Or maybe you had a caller or an interview at ten to which you just couldn't get out of easily.

Of course, your aim to always to try and avoid the situations you mention - but two minutes on the clock is a horrible amount to have left. It's a bit long for most presenters to fill for - not because they can't do it but because it would sound out of place - but a bit short for a guest. Given the option you'd probably rather have a minute of a guest.

(I'd also point out that it's not unknown for presenters to look at the running order, see an item they're not very enthusiastic about at the end and deliberately attempt to filibuster it by eating up time earlier in the hour).
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:33
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When they do get a caller, a pundit or an expert on the line why do they very often start an interview just before the top of the hour, the person is in full flow and you hear the presenter say OK (meaning shut up) - we will have to leave it there - meaning they have run out of time.

Yet during the preceeding 58 minutes there is plenty of idle chit chat or filling.

Why have a guest on the line so close to the news or programme change over?
Because it is absolutely typical of the lack of attention to detail that characterises an increasing amount of 5Lives output. No one seems to listen to it, and if they do they obviously do not care.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:01
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Because it is absolutely typical of the lack of attention to detail that characterises an increasing amount of 5Lives output. No one seems to listen to it, and if they do they obviously do not care.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
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