I totally agree Red, the only way you can find out what kind of programme its going to be is to ask, and not just listen to what the researcher/producer is saying
Getting paid as a contributor is hard these days, unless its a big money doc, not many of them around. ...<snip>
Editorial control is never given, you cant afford it, with time constraints and budget, if someone turns around and blocks your piece you would usually lose the whole film as you wouldn't get it done to schedule. We just try, and hope that we represent each individual properly.
I generally trust BBC content and producers, they are open and honest and if you understand what is being asked of you, then you are in a position to choose
BBC1 controller Peter Fincham resigned in disgrace over A Year With The Queen trailer blunder
The head of BBC1 resigned in disgrace yesterday over a trailer for a documentary which misrepresented the Queen.
Peter Fincham wrongly claimed that the show, A Year With The Queen, would show the monarch storming out of a tetchy photoshoot with the renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In fact the footage was of the Queen arriving for the sitting and the ensuing row, dubbed Crowngate, saw accusations fly between Buckingham Palace and the BBC and claims that the monarch had been turned into a laughing stock.
Yesterday a scathing independent inquiry into the affair found that Mr Fincham, the £250,000-a-year controller of BBC1, had allowed the media - including the corporation - to misreport the story.
Aaah - but you are our one token journo on the private forum John - we reckon that given you haven't done a hatchet job in the twenty years we have been reading you there's a fair chance you have proper integrity.