Thursday, May 17, 2007


As posted the other I made my way down to the BBC Manchester studios and led to the bowels of the building into a small store room cum studio with a number of microphones and headphones dotted around.

I had a quick chat with the presenter Mark Whittaker, who prepped me a little on what he would run through in the interview and off we went. Clearly a seasoned pro, he ran through the questions in quick-fire fashion, covering the fans view on the takeover, concerns over the future and general opinion on Shinawatra.

All done, I slipped off for a couple of relaxing drinks later and tuned in later to catch my appearance. The programme ran through the first feature before getting onto the Shinawatra one. First up was a Thai professor who gave a bit of background on opinion back in Thailand before the introduction to a City fan for their opinion on the takeover led to the distinctive voice of Stuart Hall coming out of the laptop.

Yep, that's right. Bumped off the interview in favour of Stuart Hall.

I've emailed the producer who first got in touch but alas no reply thus far. Listening to Hall's answers to the questions (exactly the same as fired at me), he was unequivocal in his support of Shinawatra and threw in a couple of comedy voices and anecdotes.

Perhaps I just couldn't match up to the marquee name of Stuart Hall. Hey-ho.

The feature (minus the Bitter and Blue contribution from yours truly) on Shinawatra can be found at the listen again section on The World Today homepage.

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Citehboy said...

Ah, that is a BBC speciality, wasting people's time. I once was brought in as an 'expert' by the BBC on a Nicky Campbell 5-live broadcast and they completely forgot about me, instead preferring to speak with Clare Short who didn;lt shut her gob for the next 45 minutes. Hall and Short. Some things in life are entirely predictable :)

Anonymous said...

Of course Stuart Hall would back Shinawatra. His son works for the Club in a legal capacity and is very much part of the takeover process. Did the Club put Hall forward?

Danny Pugsley said...

Che Guevara - very good point. Doing a bit of digging I do believe Hall's son is involved in some advisory capacity.

I wonder...