Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal has not yet heard from BBC
why his interview with the popular `Hard Talk’ show to be aired
in connections with Sri Lanka’s 60th Independence Anniversary
has been blacked out.
But Bell Pottinger, Sri Lanka’s PR consultants
in Britain, had been told that the tapes had been accidentally
erased, an explanation widely received with more than the usual
pinch of salt.
``You’ll need a whole barrel of salt to swallow
that story,’’ one cynic commented.
Cabraal flew specially to London for the
interview after BBC invited participation at the show at a
senior level of government by somebody who’d take all questions.
The governor had been asked at the highest levels of government
whether he’d be able to handle a particularly aggressive line of
He said ``yes’’ and prepared hard for the event
consulting with professionals overseas on long international
calls, rehearsing through mock interviews and fine tuning his
act to near perfection before he presented himself at BBC’s
state-of-the-art Shepherd’s Bush studios.
He didn’t allow interviewer Zeinab Badawi to
shoot him down with rapid-fire questions, saying ``be patient,
I’ll place it in context and then answer your question,’’ and by
all events acquitted himself creditably in the context of the
That was how the tape had been inexplicably