by Terence Dackombe Imagine for a moment that television, as we know it, doesn’t exist. There is no known way of bringing the output from a football match, or Eastenders, direct to that box in the corner of your living room.
So Jeremy Paxman completes the recording of Newsnight, and through the night, thousands upon thousands of people become involved in dashing round the country delivering VHS cassettes of Paxman’s acerbic interview with some hapless politician, to thousands of shops, who then, the following morning, either stack them up and sell them to you in the store, or charge you extra to drop the tape through your letter box.
But by then, the consequences of Paxman’s interview led the politician to resign at four o’clock in the morning, and meanwhile, overnight, the England cricket team won the Ashes in Australia. Your cassette features neither story. The only way to find out about it is by way of tomorrow’s cassette, when the news will be almost a day old.