DIARY: CRASH AND BURN - Search for new job ends in Frank Spencer-style error

Long before Channel 4’s London sales manager Mike Parker dreamed of a career in sales, he worked as a junior cameraman for Yorkshire Television.

Long before Channel 4’s London sales manager Mike Parker dreamed of

a career in sales, he worked as a junior cameraman for Yorkshire

Television.



At the time, Parker was disillusioned with his job and thinking of

making a change. So when his girlfriend moved to London, he decided to

accompany her.



He wanted to phone LWT and ask if there were any jobs going but he just

couldn’t find the time.



One morning, Parker realised he had the Yorkshire TV office to himself.

He looked furtively around the room, then hastily dialled LWT’s

switchboard.



He cleared his throat, asked for the head of cameras and launched into

an eloquent speech about why LWT needed him.



But the flustered Parker had forgotten an essential phone fact: you must

dial nine for an outside line. So instead of a prospective employer at

LWT, the hapless cameraman found himself chatting to his own boss at

Yorkshire TV.



The boss instantly recognised Parker’s voice. ’I didn’t know what to say

- I was stumped for words,’ Parker recalls. Perhaps he should have

handed in his notice there and then.



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