How do they make a BBC TV News report?

Graham Cluley

14:29 Magnus at BBC News calls me, and asks if I would be able to be interviewed about the Gary McKinnon case. I ask if this is for TV or radio, and he tells me it’s for the national six o’clock TV show on BBC One. This is important as I’m wearing a grotty old rugby shirt and jeans – if he wants me on telly I may have to smarten myself up a bit.

Magnus asks if I can get to the TV studios at BBC Oxford easily. I say sure, I’ve been there lots of times. “Although really we’d prefer it if you came to TV Centre in London,” he mutters to himself. “Would you be able to make it down the A40 to us?”. I confirm that for Aunty Beeb I’d be happy to do that. He says, “Let me talk to some people and I’ll get back to you.”

14:32 I call Mrs Cluley, and ask that she digs out a jacket and a shirt just in case I need to race past en route to…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.