Wither the weather? 

17 June 2009 tbs.pm/1067

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the treatment of the weather bulletins on Today is getting increasingly shabby.

This morning just before eight was breathtaking, even by current standards. Jim Naughtie was interviewing the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Normally I would expect the interview to be wrapped up at three minutes to, or soon after. At two minutes to, Mr Naughtie asked the Chancellor a fresh question; the forecast, such as it was, was squeezed into 25 seconds, and there was still time for a wretched trailer afterwards!

This has become an increasingly noticeable problem, and today’s performance is the last straw. I have written to todaycomplaints@bbc.co.uk to make a couple of suggestions. No further questions should be asked in interviews after three minutes to the hour, and the weather bulletin should last for not less than ninety seconds, even if that means sacrificing the trailer. Repeated and wilful ignorance of these points should be deemed misconduct actionable under the relevant disciplinary procedures.

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