GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 3: Bulletin - Death of Sir Freeman Crotty
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: ... Get Ish on the line ...Hollis? He's probably at his cabin,
Morris has the number... Are we? ... We interrupt this item with
the following news bulletin.
The BCN is saddened to announce the passing of Sir Freeman Crotty,
Commissioner of Broadcasting for Newfoundland and Labrador. Sir Freeman
passed away quietly last evening at his home in St. John's. He was 87.
Sir Freeman was appointed Commissioner of Broadcasting in 1935. His
sixty-two years of Public Service are without parallel. On the line
we have ... no? Known by all as ... Yes, we have Ish Lundrigan, our
director of radio, on the line.
ISH: Great loss not only for the BCN, Paul, but a tremendous loss
to the people of Nfld.
PAUL: You worked with him on an almost daily basis?
ISH: We spoke every morning.
PAUL: Just before we came on with the bulletin, myself and Hollis were
speaking, and it is no exageration to say that everyone loved the man.
ISH: The kind of common courtesy you don't find in a bureaucrat anymore.
PAUL: Yeah, yeah. Whenever I met him, he always mentioned an item from
the show he had enjoyed and always asked after Mom.
ISH: That was Sir Freeman.
PAUL: Define his role for us.
ISH: The ... monitoring ... and regulation ... of all broadcasting,
in a very general way. He didn't interfere with day to day operations.
Let people get on with their work. Never forgot a name.
PAUL: His informal policy of non-involvment was widely praised.
ISH: I trust his successor will be as ... discreet.
PAUL: Thank you for this, Ish Lundrigan.
ISH: Yeah, okay.
PAUL: Sir Freeman Crotty, Commissioner of Broadcasting for Newfoundland, dead at 87.
More on this breaking story later. We now return you to our program.