Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

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Gah, I was going to post a link and/or copy some text from Times Online but it seems to have disappeared since this morning, possibly into Rupert's pay toilet. Oh well, must give him some money. Or not.

Anyway, I was reminded of a fine moment of BBC history by its theme tune being used on something on Channel 4 (or one of the Channel 4 stable of channels) last night. Who remembers 'Up To The Hour'? If you look here you will see
"...Another that is seared on my memory was in 1977 when the then Controller of Radio 4, Ian McIntyre, decided to slash all Radio 4's news and current affairs programmes - Today, World at One, PM and The
World Tonight - because he did not believe they could sustain quality. There was uproar.
Macintyre cut the Today programme into two half hours – 7.00 to 7.30am, 8.00 to 8.30am – and PM and The World Tonight, to half an hour each."

The other half of the hour was 'Up To The Hour' which was supposed to be more light-hearted and included Thought For The Day and random old comedy sketches. It was all kind of bizarre and pointless.

The thing on the Times website said that Peter Donaldson, when doing a continuity announcement, introduced himself as Donald Peterson, said what was on Radios 1, 2 and 3 and then said 'but if you're staying with Radio 4 I'm afraid you're stuck with Up To The Hour'. Surprisingly, or not, he survived this (fun fact: he was 'the voice of doom', the man who recorded the pre-recorded 'Britain has been attacked by nuclear missiles' announcement).

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