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Football: PRENNO ON THE TELLY.

SHANKLY'S ``more important than life and death'' quote has long been dismissed as tongue-in-cheek humour.

Or was it? Shanks was a proud Scot - and the Scots gave their verdict on whether a mere football match was more important than life or death last week.

The front page of Wednesday's Daily Record carried a ``shocking'' story.

``BBC bosses ordered staff not to interrupt a live televised Rangers match if the Pope died, '' ran the exclusive tale.

Of course, the Pope didn't die. But the contingency plan caused plenty of consternation north of the border.

A ``stunned'' BBC insider explained: ``When the directive came down to continue with the game, there was a sense of bewilderment and disbelief.

``Initially, some staff thought it was a joke. When we realised the bosses were deadly serious, there was unbelievable consternation and an element of outrage.

In the end, the Pope recovered - but was the Beeb pandering to sectarianism by refusing to countenance an interruption to a match watched probably by a largely Protestant audience?

Or were they more concerned at interrupting a nail-biting, tense, cliffhanger of a semi-final . . . after all, Rangers only won 7-1.

The BBC have interrupted programmes in the past to announce the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Diana, but a spokesman said this week: ``It would be in poor taste to speak of how we would run the obituary of a person who is still alive and well. ''

Celtic play Inverness Caledonian Thistle tomorrow, but fortunately for the Beeb, it is being screened live by Setanta. And the Pope is making a decent recovery.

IN the not too distant past, the Beeb simply transmitted images of England internationals.

They left comment and opinion to those oiks on the other channel.

But Wednesday night's international saw the Beeb take a significant step the other way.

``That performance was scary, '' said Alan Hansen (pictured below); ``I wish I could see what he sees through those glasses, '' added Gary Lineker, while studio guests Martin Jol and Jamie Redknapp waded in just as heavily.

It wasn't very BBC. But then in the old days the Beeb didn't pay anywhere near as much as they had to pay for Wednesday's deadly dull friendly.

Money doesn't talk, it swears - and it was effing and blinding at Villa Park on Wednesday night.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2005
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