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A bridge too far for Ian Katz

More adventures in television from new Newsnight boss Ian Katz. Fresh from his truthful-if-embarrassing slating of Labour’s Rachel Reeves, I hear that Katz has upset another Labour big-wig, Alistair Darling. Apparently, Katz wants to shoot a Scottish referendum debate on a real bridge (presumably the 130-metre Union Bridge in Berwick) between Scotland and England. After the debate, he proposed that members of the audience would ‘vote with their feet’ by walking to either end of the bridge. Darling, who is leading the pro-Union campaign, was not sold on the idea of unionists walking to the English side of river to show their support.

PS: Another BBC source says that Katz ‘wanted to set-dress it like Checkpoint Charlie!’ It’s still expected to go ahead, on the Union Bridge, but without the walking bit.

PPS Newsnight has just released a picture of the bridge, with bunting replacing the earlier idea of Checkpoint Charlie.


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