More Thrills than Skills – A Half-life in Journalism, Part 64

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More Thrills than Skills: A Half-life in Journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

I’d suggested to BBC Television in Scotland that I should make a documentary for them about my own work in the war and had put up a fairly detailed proposal to them early on in 1992.

My proposal fell on stony ground. Just ten days before Christmas, the phone rang one morning.

It was Allan Pender. Alan usually made sports programmes but, in the curious way wholly unexpected breaks appear in life, he told me that he’d been standing in the urinals at BBC Scotland when Ken Cargill, head of