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Shaun Linden

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You can't feasibly air the X Factor live across a week unless you made some big changes which I don't think they would. It would also mean starting later in the year which ITV and Syco would not want surely due to making money from advertising.
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BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

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I'd like to think I'm rational thinking, such as surely it comes down to context and relevance. If it was a black reporter would the same people who have complained been out in force to complain and people resigning? I'm not too sure to be fair.


One of my problems is the reporter wasn’t using the word, they were quoting someone else using it. If they were reporting on a trial and this had been said in court, I’m not sure anyone would be questioning it being repeated in a news report.

It’s also clearly not true that the words was banished long ago, given you don’t have to look far to find it used prominently in music. I understand it has a different connotation when used by a black artist compared to a white person, but does place it more into the offensive category than actually banished. There are so many offensive words - racial, anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynistic... I’m not convinced the word in question is so much worse than some of those others that it deserves special treatment in reporting.


I'm fully aware it's used in music. Artists need to look at themselves. If young people are listening to songs with those words in no wonder some then go on to use them. But that's a whole different story.

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Sky News: Presenters & Rotas

Good news about Sam Coates. I still maintain that Sky shifted to the left with the appointment of Faisal to help with the sell off and regulatory issues.

Hopefully, a move back to the centre now with Rigby and Coates at one and two.


Sorry but I think that's a lot of tripe. Sky didn't move to the left with Faisal. Maybe you just moved to right...


Indeed. Faisal has been praised over the years for his reporting at Sky News. I don't know who said it but it's true that if you get both left and right saying you're bias then you're doing your job.