Lightning silences 'Any Questions'

The BBC radio programme Any Questions was silenced last night by a bolt of lightning. The panel chairman Nick Clarke fielded the questions, and panellists including the Foreign Secretary, Malcolm Rifkind, answered them. But no one apart from 500 guests in Perth City Halls could hear their thoughts on Europe, beef, and Scottish devolution.

The lighting strike had wiped out the telephone lines which were to beam them to the nation, and an old tape was broadcast instead. The programme was recorded, however, and will be broadcast today at 1.10pm. PA

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