Perhaps the thing I miss just as much as the old 93-99 era was the era when reporters giving live interviews back to the studio presenter did not refer to each other by their first names and they did not thank them for giving them an update. Very American - and I love America and Americans but I am British, goddamn it!
I actually think the over-thanking of colleagues on air has been a very BBC thing for many years rather than something new or American, but it does drive me mad.
I know many will totally disagree, and consider it polite and friendly, but so often it's unnecessary, and deadens a programme's pace. Breakfast is especially guilty of this with their banal, creaking, awkward links out of weather and sport, etc.. Just get on with it!
And don't get me started on regional presenters thanking the network host for throwing to them. They can't hear you, you know they can't hear you, we know they can't hear you, and we know you know they can't hear you! (Yes I'm looking at you, Look North Yorkshire).
Totally agree with you, especially about BBC Breakfast. What really annoys me is how Louise Minchin in particular shoehorns "morning!" into any kind of interview or transition. E.g. "we're joined now by our correspondent X. X, what's the plan now? Morning!" It's awkward and completely destroys the flow. And don't get me started on Naga!
I agree entirely. It just looks so forced and cringeworthy. I simply cannot watch when Naga is on, her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Poor Charlie Stayt (who I like) always looks like he wants to be somewhere else! Also can't stand the way where right at the start (after the shot of Salford) Dan, Louise, and the sports and business presenters are all sat there pretending to be jolly with each other.
Piers and Susanna are much better.