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11 October 2007
"Apparently a lady rang the BBC and said she heard that there was a hurricane on the way. Well, don't worry, if you're watching, there isn't."

Few readers will need reminding who said those immortal words and when.  Words ever since held up as proof positive of professional arrogance and incompetence.


He was talking about Florida.  And doing so in the afternoon not the evening.  And when he did talk about England he did say: “batten down the hatches.” 

So, what was he doing talking about Florida?  There had been a news item on it just before he went on air and he wanted to set the record straight.  Worse still the news item was wiped.  Something the BBC seems to do a lot of.

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