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London Lite10,266 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I'm watching on restart and Gordon Burns again clearly upset towards the end of the interview.

Beccy Barr is with the rest of the news from a CSO studio.
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London Lite10,266 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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I share the sentiments of the others here. That was a hard watch for anyone, not to mention the team who put out tonight's programme. I'll give them credit for putting out a headline segment in between the tributes with Beccy Barr's sign-off being pure class and perfectly understand why they didn't put out a weather bulletin this evening.

Full respect to the Salford team for putting out a tribute Dianne deserved.
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Steve in Pudsey9,894 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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A really nice tribute that can't have been easy for the team at NWT, and I think a lot of credit is due for putting something so fitting and so professional together in the circumstances. (I'll even forgive the Shatliffed archive clips, in view of the occasion).

Going old school and using a separate newsreader at the DTL position was a genius decision, allowing that panel of guests to assemble on the sofas during and keep the pace of the programme going.
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NicB1971254 posts since 25 Oct 2015
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No doubt there may be someone out there (definitely not me, nor many on this Forum) questioning why there has been so much outpouring of grief for "just" a television presenter.

People like Dianne Oxberry enter the homes of millions of people each night to inform them about what has happened in their area or that it's not going to be nice tomorrow; to engage with the public through media is no easy task. It's not just reading Autocue, or pointing at a map, or talking to Joe Public; it's how you relay your story, how you interact with the viewer, and your co-presenters. If you don't get that right, you alienate yourself and they switch over.

I'm sure Dianne was that "ray of sunshine" an elderly or lonely person could be waiting for all day. There are probably a few "household names" that would fit into that category. I didn't know Dianne nor watched BBC North West but it is absolutely clear she touched so many people's lives.
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Inspector Sands13,492 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I did wonder how they'd do the weather, a good decision not to do a forecast at all, who would want to fill that position tonight?

I sometimes think such output can be a bit self indulgent by the broadcaster, but going by the public reaction today, it seems justified to give over so much of the programme to a tribute.

I find it interesting as both a viewer/listener and someone who has an interest in broadcasting to see how such occasions are handled. Having worked in close knit production teams, I can't imagine how difficult days like today must be for them.

It's reminiscent of the sudden death of a presenter on a BBC Local station last year, I listened to some of their output out of curisosity and it was the most heart wrenching and emotional radio I've ever heard. Must have been the most difficult few days for them but was handled extremely professionally too.
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