Sunday, October 14, 2007

MI5 not Booker Prize

The winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize will be revealed on Tuesday evening, but there will be no television coverage again this year - unless you count the Ten O'Clock News briefly cutting to the announcement of the winner that is...

Huw Edwards: And now over to London's Guildhall to find out who's won this year's Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Howard Davies: ...and the winner is Ni...

Huw Edwards: The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize for fiction there. Presumably A Curious Earth, by Gerard Woodward, was excluded for being too well-written. Now for the national and international weather, followed by the weather in your area...
It's no wonder I still haven't got round to going digital. I keep thinking about buying a freeview box, but I really don't want all those extra channels - there's nothing on them worth watching. What exactly is the point of BBC4 if even they can't be arsed with the biggest literary event of the year?

Is it really a coincidence that Tuesday's ceremony clashes with the start of new series of Spooks on BBC1? Or a smelly cover-up? Could the BBC be conspiring to kill off a rival form of entertainment by denying books the oxygen of publicity? We should be told.

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