Talkback fails to live up to its name
BBC Radio Ulster failed to directly address the controversy surrounding the Alliance Party’s plot to ‘hijack’ their Talkback show in a serious manner yesterday, despite a request to do just that.
In the wake of yesterday’s front page story, I called Talkback to ask them why the explosive revelations regarding the Alliance Party’s tactics to flood the Talkback show with fake callers had not been discussed on air.
I made the call as a member of the public. I said that I wanted to ask why the programme had not addressed the story on their programme, apart from a reference in jest by Talkback host William Crawley. I was told in polite terms that my question would be passed on to show producers as an anonymous caller.
When I asked if I would not be allowed to ask my question live on air, I was told that it did not address the ‘subject matter in hand’ — which was a question and answer segment with UUP leader Mike Nesbitt.
I then said I would like to put the question to Mr Nesbitt also, about his take on the front page story and what he thought of Alliance Party tactics.
While I was assured that my question had been processed and passed on to show producers, it never saw the light of day.