The news for the defendant in the verdicts in the case was uniformly good and I am, of course, pleased for Michael Jackson - it must be a great weight off his mind.
However, I must question seriously the judgement of the BBC in filling an entire news broadcast with this. A brief mention at the beginning of the programme that a verdict was imminent, plus perhaps cutting into the broadcast to carry the verdicts live (although I would have been quite content to wait until the end of the news broadcast for this information), would have been much more than adequate.
I neither like nor dislike Mr Jackson, but I am frankly not that interested in this court case, nor have I been since the whole 'circus' began. It certainly does make we wonder what the BBC thinks it is playing at! Now, at 10.33pm we are onto an item about something much more relevant - a court appearance by ex-dictator Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
The Jackson case is being carried live on BBC News24 as well, of course - and they continue with live coverage from California. Fair enough, a 24-hour news channel has to find things to fill up its schedule - no different from CNN or Sky News, etc - but the BBC flagship channel?
Update at 10.47pm - Incredibly, the same thing is being continued on Newsnight on BBC2 - so far we are about 12 minutes into this programme and it has been entirely devoted to the Jackson case as well.