Margaret Thatcher and Me

Margaret Thatcher (US visit 1990)On 3 June 1990 Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, took part in a phone-in for the BBC World Service, answering questions from phoners-in from all over the world. I was allocated as the Studio Manager (operating the mixing desk) for this event. As you can imagine we all took it very seriously - I spent all morning checking every connection, phone line and microphone, and we had the full police presence and sniffer dogs routine before she came in, and so on.

Some years later the producer wrote in the Guardian newspaper that 'we in the cubicle' could see the realisation dawning on her that the whole world was listening to her every word: he concluded that the boost that this gave to her ego resulted in her leaving the World Service alone at a time when she was attacking other parts of the BBC. I wouldn't know about that - and I had my hands full just keeping the programme running smoothly, so I hardly heard a word she said.

Read more on how I had to take her off the air... I may be the only person ever to silence Margaret Thatcher.

Links: The Margaret Thatcher Foundation have published a transcript of the phone-in (the questions are summarised but her answers are complete).

Posted: Mon - June 12, 2006 at 08:25 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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