Thursday, April 07, 2016

...and a trip to the BBC... do a piece for an obituary programme about Mother Angelica. Radio 4: "The Last Word". Not sure when it will be broadcast.

It's been a while since I've done anything at Broadcasting House. They've moved the reception desk but otherwise it hadn't changed much.

But I had a few moments in which to sit and ponder in the entrance hall, and suddenly it did somehow feel quite poignant staring again  at that magnificent inscription by Sir John Reith, dedicated this "temple of the arts and muses" to God with the prayer, echoing that of St Paul, that "all things foul or hostile to peace may be banished thence, and that the people inclining their ear to whatsoever things are lovely and honest, whatsoever things are of good report, may tread the path of virtue and wisdom."  That was placed there in 1931. The Beeb that I have known in my working life has sometimes been of a rather different message. But today's discussion went well, and it is something to note and remember: Mother Angelica of EWTN was given a BBC obituary.

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