What’s the most foolish thing anyone’s ever said to you? I can think of quite a few daft things that have been said to me over the years, but one of them leaped back into my mind this week when I read about the spending cuts. It was something said to me about 18 months ago by a senior employee of Ten Alps Digital – we’ll call him Ron (not his real name). Ten Alps is the company part owned by Sir Bob Geldof which used to run Kent TV. The credit crunch was biting hard and I asked Ron how things were going at Ten Alps? “Great”! he replied cheerfully, “Ten Alps loves recessions”!
Imagine if someone set up a local TV channel for Folkestone or Dover. What would it be like? The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has recently re-stated his vision for local TV in the UK. “What’s the biggest difference between UK and US television”? asked Mr Hunt; “The lack of local TV in the UK”
Last week at home I opened the cupboard under the stairs and peered inside. Something had changed; something was wrong. It took a few seconds to realise what it was.
â€œWhere are my Yellow Pagesâ€? I asked my wife.
â€œI threw them outâ€ she replied proudly, â€œThere were half a dozen of them, all unopened. One of them was from 2004. Completely uselessâ€.
â€œBut I was collecting themâ€ I said.
â€œYou were collecting Yellow Pagesâ€? repeated my wife with the look of alarm she reserves for people who sit on park benches talking to themselves.
I recently bumped into an old BBC colleague. Iâ€™ll call him John, though thatâ€™s not his real name. John didnâ€™t look happy. He said heâ€™d left the BBC, but was finding it tough getting a job outside. John was fed up because a prospective employer had just told him they considered him â€œinstitutionalisedâ€.
John explained that employers outside the BBC didnâ€™t think he could adjust to life in the private sector. That life at the BBC had made him accustomed to working within a rigid, bureaucratic culture.
I felt sorry for John and I understood his problem.
Here at Kersh Media Towers, the news has been all about cows. To be precise weâ€™ve been amazed at how news travels round the World in just a few hours. Let me explain.
Weâ€™ve recently been asked to help publicise a Kent theatre companyâ€™s open air Shakespeare summer tour. â€œHow are rehearsals goingâ€? I asked the Director one day.
â€œFineâ€ he replied, â€œBecause of the hot weather, weâ€™ve been rehearsing outdoors on a farm. We even have an audienceâ€ he added; â€œA herd of 170 cowsâ€.
â€œYouâ€™ve been performing The Merry Wives of Windsor to a herd of cowsâ€? I asked.