It’s my Opinion

SAY what you may of the BBC, but there occasions when the much maligned broadcasting body gets it just right.

Such was the case last Friday when the network presented its now annual Children in Need prorgramme, given greater appeal for the North-east with the show coming from the beach ballroom in Aberdeen.

The centre piece of the Scottish end of affairs was the 123 strong choir made up of school pupils from Aberdeenshire.

Even the normally passive Aberdeen audience rose to the splendid performance of the youngsters, confirming the strong tradition of singing in the Shire is still alive and well.

The pride that emanated from the parents and grandparents was almost tangible in the old listed building that was the first meeting place of so many couples who enjoyed the “dancing” both sides of 1960.

A rare night out, neatly hosted by Kay Adam, adding her not inconsiderable charm and humour to the fund raiser which does the nation great credit, displaying a generosity to balance our more curmudgeonly side, more often on offer.

The show which was a mixture of live broadcasting and recording for Saturday’s out put was painstakingly put together by highly skilled technicians, and a purposeful lady director, also gifted with a Weegie sense of humour, all underlining the great talents available at the British Broadcasting Corporation.

So while the organisation is under fire in the light of its failure to cope with the appalling Savile issue, we would do well to remember just how good, and respected the BBC has become in presenting news, current affairs, quality products on almost every subject under the sun.

Not least of course the presentation of my own addiction, the world of sport, though sadly dear old auntie is unable to compete with the commercial forces out there who are rapidly robbing us of the wee bit sense we had (apologies to Robin Hall and Jimmy McGregor).

The pain and trauma going on at the corporation is, of course, being enjoyed by the Murdoch empire who would dearly love to see the Beeb go under, giving them a near monopoly in broadcasting in the UK.

This must surely never come about if we are to retain the high standards so visibly on offer in Aberdeen on Friday, all so beautifully orchestrated by Kate Adam of BBC Scotland’s “Call Kay” fame.

As an avid listener of her five days a week radio show I like to think Scotland has a real future in any broadcasting revolution on the horizon.

Mind you, the Radio Scotland programme is not best known for any great intellectual input, for despite Kay’s attempts to keep order she is sadly the recipient of pathetic ill formed calls from older people - mainly men who think their experiences of yesterday are still relevant.

And before you ask, no I have not as yet phoned in.

If I do, it will only to ask Kay when she is coming back to Aberdeen, and thanking her for a great show, made all the better by the fact of my grandson Magnus being in the Children in Need choir. Even he thought Kay was cool.

The next step is, of course, to transpose the hugely enthusiastic audience of Friday into Pittodrie where they could be the 12th man feared by every team in the land, but that’s a topic for another day.