When I read this article on Bigpond news I really, really hoped it was true.
Reportedly BBC tv presenter Brian Cox was going to point a radio telescope at a planet recently discovered by viewers of his show, Stargazing Life, live on air to see what would happen.
Nobody had tried to contact this newly discovered planet as yet, and the question of what they were going to do with the air time when nobody picked up the phone at the other end was moot when the Beeb said that health and safety issues connected with contacting an alien civilization meant that it wouldn’t be happening.
Surely first contact would be the scoop of a lifetime, and to do it live on air would mean the glory of the BBC would never dim!
I wonder if they were worried about finding a race of murderous locust-like creatures who, upon finally noticing our luscious green planet, would descend on us like a cloud of….. well…. locusts, and destroy us all. Were the BBC worried about potential lawsuits from the survivors of this Armageddon? 🙂