Cheers for spoiling the endingThis is well worth an hour's watching - particularly if you are interested enough to be reading this thread . . .
"Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the BBC's John Simpson goes back to examine his reports and consider why history did not turn out quite the way he expected".
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, John Simpson examines his reports.www.bbc.co.uk
Note: ONLY 28 days left to watch on "i-play".
Of particular interest was to learn it was all a mistake . . . . and the "fault" of the BBC .
Apparently the East German Politburo, had decided to announce the they had decided to relax the conditions for applying for travel visas . . . FAILING TO BRIEF THE(IR) SPOKESMAN, OF THE DATE THE CHANGES WOULD BE INTRODUCED.
The programme shows the press briefing - which apparently was NOT intended to be broadcast live - but which was broadcast live!
The spokesman is asked when the changes ( . . . to the conditions for applying for travel visas . . . ), are to be introduced, and confused/having not been told himself, blurts out "Now".
The live broadcast was being monitored my the BBC, and the information about the travel changes was re-broadcast by the BBC . . . . without any specific details about the necessity (still) to apply for a visa (with different conditions), only that the the "changes" were effective "now".
The populous of East Berlin chose to interpret the information as they wanted, and (as they say), "the-Rest-is-History" . . . .