Just not cricket

  Seth Haniel 20:06 07 Jan 2011

click here

BBC spoils it again

Listeners to the cricket on Radio 4 longwave missed the final moments of the final Ashes Test when the scheduled Shipping Forecast took over the transmission

  mark2 20:53 07 Jan 2011

However there were numerous warnings ahead of the switch, I heard 4 in the preceding 20 mins explaining that the switch was remotely controlled and beyond the control of the program producers.

  peter99co 21:07 07 Jan 2011

The shipping forecast was a variable and needed for safe sailing at sea. The cricket was plain sailing and the outcome already accurately predicted.

BBC iPlayer was live anyway.

  jakimo 03:11 08 Jan 2011


get yourself a Digi Radio,steam radios are now absolute!

  rdave13 03:18 08 Jan 2011

jakimo, what the heck are "steam radios"?

  Kevscar1 07:15 08 Jan 2011

Ones who's DJ's are full of hot air

  Forum Editor 07:40 08 Jan 2011

and will take precedence over all other programming - they are certainly more important than a cricket match.

Peoples' safety at sea, and in the air can depend on them.

  BT 09:01 08 Jan 2011

Absolutely What?

  Quickbeam 09:02 08 Jan 2011

I find it hard to believe that in this era of instant global communications of various types, that the longwave radio technology of the between the wars era can in any way still be described as an essential and important technology contributing towards safety at sea.

Yes, it is still a means of communication, but so is a message in a bottle...

  Forum Editor 09:35 08 Jan 2011

Regardless of your scepticism the shipping forecasts are indeed essential and valuable to sailors at sea.

They provide crucial information about sea conditions and visibility that cannot be obtained so easily by other means, or in such a short form. It's the reason that the forecasts are always brief - 350 words - and are always read in the same format.

The date and time first, followed by Gale warnings, followed by the general synopsis, followed by the area forecasts for the next 24 hours. That way, Fishing vessels and people at sea in small boats can get the important information rapidly.

  Quickbeam 10:40 08 Jan 2011

It's not the shipping forecast that I'm sceptical of FE, it's the notion of us still using an early 20th century technology to access it 10 years into the 21st century.

The image of a fisherman getting up hours before sailing from his Faeroe's home port to tune his longwave bakelite set into the shipping forecast at set times of the day, as opposed to just click here whenever it suits him is just a quaint hangover from a bygone age when ship to shore radio was an expensive technology that wasn't economically viable to an off shore fishing boat.

Times have moved on.

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