Big Ben and the midnight news

Dear Radio Four,

For many years I had just assumed that the bongs on the midnight news were live. Then one day some months ago, I considered the impractical logistics of maintaining a lone dusty microphone in Saint Stephen’s tower and almost convinced myself that therefore the programme must use a tape.

But as I faced that possibility, I felt a little like a small child being told Santa Claus wasn’t real. Worse still, the conundrum troubles my sleep every night. So please can you tell me if the midnight bongs are real or recorded?

Many thanks,
Caspar Addyman

About caspar

Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs
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