A familiar TV news catchphrase is to make its way onto radio, warning listeners about upcoming reports that feature the sounds associated with flash photography.
A BBC spokesman said last night that the sound of multiple shutter releases at news events can trigger feelings of discomfort among those affected by them. ‘This has been a matter of concern for some time,’ said Frank Barnes, head of newsbothering.
‘The BBC has asked news photographers to experiment with darker flashes, and we have also experimented with reporting less newsworthy items, where fewer photographers are likely to be present which has met with partial success, but everyone knows the old saying that the pictures are better on the radio.’
‘A flash going off in the public’s imagination could cause untold damage.’