THE NEWS PROGRAMME

13     Making the programme fit

Emma and Jenni are working on timings with a stopwatch, cutting the length to split seconds. Emma has a complicated chart, adding and taking out seconds painstakingly from here and there. ‘Witchcraft could lose 45 seconds … cut the lead in to 40 seconds … we’re still five seconds over … the music for the serial provides flexibility. You have to finish at 2.59.45 at the latest to make sure you don’t crash the pips.’

– WOMAN’S HOUR*

Many programme makers will share the same bad dream – their show is either five minutes too short and grinds to a halt early, leaving a gaping hole before the next item, or it develops a will of its own, gathering momentum until it becomes an unstoppable juggernaut, ...

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