One of my preferred sketches of “Little Britain” is the one where a bank client gets some information about a new offer, that included a overdraft of 10 thousand pounds and free travel insurance. “Sounds great”, says the client to the bank clerk, accepting the offer. The bank clerk types in the keyboard, two or three times, looks at the screen and than, with a blank expression in the face, tells the client: “Computer says noooo...”
The same happened with me, in my attempt to get two video-clips of two newscasts from Sky News.
On May 28th I sent a email to the “Sky News Library Sales”, asking them authorization to reproduce two videos that are not available in Internet (and also to get copies of the video-clips) of two newscasts from Andrew Wilson and Martin Brunt, on September 11th and 12th, 2007.
I had a quick answer, next day, from Mr. Matt Reynolds, explaining me that the right to reproduce those videos, for one year, in my blog, would cost me 750 pounds. I send them a detailed indication about the hour and day of the newscasts I was searching for, on June 1st.
In the first newscast, Andrew Wilson said, on September 11th 2007, in front of the Portimão Court building: “Today, the Spanish police sent the files of the investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann to the magistrate in charge of the case.”
The second newscast was broadcast at 4:00 am of September 12th, 2007, and it was the public confession of Mr. Martin Brunt that his “breaking story” about “Portuguese police” having already the results of the analysis made by Forensic Science Service that showed “three 100% matches of Madeleine McCann DNA”, one of them in a sample taken from the boot of the Renault Scenic, “was burnt out…”
On September 8th, Sky News they sent me the logs of those two clips, to confirm if it was what I wanted. I said no, they were completely wrong, that content did not matched with what I watched on Sky News.
On that same day, Mr. Bill (?), from Sky News and Sport Library Sales, sent me this message:
“Yes, I’m sure that your recollection of what you viewed on Sky News is correct but unfortunately we do not have a recording of those moments that you are looking for as at that time we did not keep all 24 hours of our output every day. All we have from those days is what is in the logs we sent unfortunately.”
So, “Little Britain” at its best: “Sky News says nooooo...”