With BBC types celebrating 50 years of the Today programme, one man whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s missing the festivities is Roger Hermiston, the programmeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assistant editor who is on a four-month Ã¢â‚¬Å“attachmentÃ¢â‚¬ with the BeebÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s documentary department.
Hermiston Ã¢â‚¬’ now working on a programme about how the media have covered the Madeline McCann story Ã¢â‚¬’ did, however, find time to join his colleagues for a drink (or two) at the Radio Academy last week when they staged a Today programme quiz.
In case you missed it, a team made up of past and present presenters such as Sue MacGregor,
Sarah Montague and Carolyn Quinn Ã¢â‚¬’ joined by reporter Mike Thompson and current editor Ceri Thomas Ã¢â‚¬’ were beaten by an audience of Today listeners and some past staffers.
This humiliation is not as bad as it sounds, though. The audience was made up of a host of ex-Today editors including Phil Harding Ã¢â‚¬’ who along with Hermiston displayed their immense knowledge about the programmeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history.
Incidentally, the quiz was set by Sunday Times radio critic Paul Donovan, who wrote a book about the BBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flagship radio programme some years ago.