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RN
Rolling News
I agree with the comments above regarding Breakfast. Piers is funny and I do like his partnership with Susana but there's only so much I can watch of him. Breakfast provides a good alternative when I've had enough.

I definitely preferred the days of Jeremy/Sophie and Bill/Sian, even Dermot/Natasha, but Dan and Louise do have a good chemistry and rapport. Same with Charlie and Naga (despite not being a fan of the latter). I just can't stand the voices of some of the reporters, like Jayne McCubbin for example. I appreciate she's Northern, but I just feel she lays her accent on a bit too thick sometimes, the same way Steph McGovern did. I've nothing against Northerners, but sometimes the accent feels forced as if to say "I'm from the North" as if it's something remarkable.
FB
Fluffy Bunny Feet
'Nothing against Northerners' ??? Do you know how insulting that is?
And this is from someone who's originally from the south now livinig 'up north'.
DO
dosxuk
'Nothing against Northerners' ??? Do you know how insulting that is?
And this is from someone who's originally from the south now livinig 'up north'.


He should probably visit a Glasgow pub and tell the clientele he thinks they're laying it on with their accents. Laughing
RN
Rolling News
I wasn't meaning to sound offensive. I just meant the programme shouldn't be so in your face about the fact it's now based in the North.
MA
Matrix
I wasn't meaning to sound offensive. I just meant the programme shouldn't be so in your face about the fact it's now based in the North.


I mean, it is quite offensive isn't it.

A whole plank of the BBC's (much needed) approach has been to move out of London. Arguably there has never been a more important time to stress the regional strengths of the BBC. Having a major media centre in the North is an asset that should be shouted about more, if you ask me.
MI
m_in_m
Personally I can't remember noticing Jayne's accent. Steph's I only really noticed on the occasional word.

I don't think it is in your face. Naturally the programme will feature more Northern accents. It is about better representing the country on BBC News and that extends to presenters, reporters and guests.
CM
cmthwtv
Back to BBC Breakfast, I've recently returned to the fold.

Without going into detail, I've been going through some ups and downs personally this past 6 months or so and one small change I have made is to stop watching Good Morning Britain. I had tired of Breakfast a year or two ago and switched to t'other side. Whilst I did enjoy a change of style, I have realised that I feel as though the programme has made a small contribution to my recent feelings. I hadn't quite realised until now that waking up every morning to vitriolic arguments and bullying of guests and media personalities was subconsciously dragging me down and making me feel wound up in my own daily life. What with all the daily over-the-top coverage of the acrimonious fall out of Brexit as well, it was getting too much.

Last week I decided to switch back to Breakfast and, whilst it's not perfect, it is calmer and more measured. It's actually been quite refreshing to return to it after a break. It makes you realise just how precious the BBC is as a national institution. The balanced and measured service it provides to us all is absolutely vital, especially in these toxic times we live in.


I have done quite the same as well. I had always been a viewer of ITV in the mornings, but it’s turned into a shouting match in recent years. There aren’t debates; it’s Piers talking over whoever he disagrees with. The inconsistency of the timings and the way they’ve made the program so central to Piers Morgan was one of the reasons I switched.
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LL
London Lite Founding member
I've found Breakfast to be as generic as ever. Steph was London based and moved up with the team to Salford.

The show hasn't suffered from moving from TVC to a regional news set in the North West.
CI
cityprod
I've found Breakfast to be as generic as ever. Steph was London based and moved up with the team to Salford.

The show hasn't suffered from moving from TVC to a regional news set in the North West.


On the contrary, I think the show has suffered a lot from the move, and gained little out of it. It was always a token move, and it has never come across as being any more than that really. It feels small scale, where as previous versions have felt larger. As many problems as I have had with Good Morning Britain whilst Piers Morgan has been a host, the show does feel like a bigger deal than Breakfast.

Heck, even the Channel 4 Daily which used multiple small sets for their output felt like a bigger deal than Breakfast does now.
AN
Andrew Founding member
I agree with the comments above regarding Breakfast. Piers is funny and I do like his partnership with Susana but there's only so much I can watch of him. Breakfast provides a good alternative when I've had enough.

I definitely preferred the days of Jeremy/Sophie and Bill/Sian, even Dermot/Natasha, but Dan and Louise do have a good chemistry and rapport. Same with Charlie and Naga (despite not being a fan of the latter). I just can't stand the voices of some of the reporters, like Jayne McCubbin for example. I appreciate she's Northern, but I just feel she lays her accent on a bit too thick sometimes, the same way Steph McGovern did. I've nothing against Northerners, but sometimes the accent feels forced as if to say "I'm from the North" as if it's something remarkable.


I think the issue with Jayne McCubbin is that all the items she does are the most blandest forgettable fillers imaginable. It’s all like an item you’d get on BBC Local Radio at about 11am in the morning, or what you’d get at about 6:50pm on the regional news, except this is national TV.

Then you’ve got the business news, which this morning seemed to be discussing whether performing a dance routine on ‘TikTok’ during working hours was acceptable to an employer. A video of Nina Warhurst doing the dance routine obviously was included to much amusement (although less amusement and banter with it being Charlie on shift rather than Dan) . To be fair we must be between retailers announcing their quarterly results, so they have to come up with something.
LL
London Lite Founding member
I've found Breakfast to be as generic as ever. Steph was London based and moved up with the team to Salford.

The show hasn't suffered from moving from TVC to a regional news set in the North West.


On the contrary, I think the show has suffered a lot from the move, and gained little out of it. It was always a token move, and it has never come across as being any more than that really. It feels small scale, where as previous versions have felt larger. As many problems as I have had with Good Morning Britain whilst Piers Morgan has been a host, the show does feel like a bigger deal than Breakfast.

Heck, even the Channel 4 Daily which used multiple small sets for their output felt like a bigger deal than Breakfast does now.


You don't have to have the biggest, brashest set with controversial presenters to have the largest share at breakfast. Breakfast does this seven days a week without having any of those qualities. People tune into Breakfast for a quick digest of news with friendly, relatable presenters who don't go out of the way to be anything more than providing a public service.

October sees Breakfast celebrate 20 years with this format, an outstanding acheivement that has seen off GMTV and Daybreak and has been on-air longer than Breakfast Time and Breakfast News. It's survived the move to Salford and will continue to be the default tv show for those who use the show as part of their morning routine before going to work/school run etc.

The Piers Morgan Show (also known as Good Morning Britain) will of course have their fans, but is a different vehicle altogether.
MA
Markymark
I've found Breakfast to be as generic as ever. Steph was London based and moved up with the team to Salford.

The show hasn't suffered from moving from TVC to a regional news set in the North West.


On the contrary, I think the show has suffered a lot from the move, and gained little out of it. It was always a token move, and it has never come across as being any more than that really. It feels small scale, where as previous versions have felt larger. As many problems as I have had with Good Morning Britain whilst Piers Morgan has been a host, the show does feel like a bigger deal than Breakfast.

Heck, even the Channel 4 Daily which used multiple small sets for their output felt like a bigger deal than Breakfast does now.


You don't have to have the biggest, brashest set with controversial presenters to have the largest share at breakfast. Breakfast does this seven days a week without having any of those qualities. People tune into Breakfast for a quick digest of news with friendly, relatable presenters who don't go out of the way to be anything more than providing a public service.

October sees Breakfast celebrate 20 years with this format, an outstanding acheivement that has seen off GMTV and Daybreak and has been on-air longer than Breakfast Time and Breakfast News. It's survived the move to Salford and will continue to be the default tv show for those who use the show as part of their morning routine before going to work/school run etc.

The Piers Morgan Show (also known as Good Morning Britain) will of course have their fans, but is a different vehicle altogether.


Yes. I think if either programme was axed, the audience level for the remaining show wouldn't dramatically increase. Let's not forget the audience for TV at that time in the morning is dwarfed by radio. BBC Breakfast vs GMB is more like Waitrose vs Co-op than Sainsburys vs Tesco

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