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Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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Continued implementation of BBC Reith

Watchdog's logo appears to have changed on the frontcap of this video into Reith, however the profile picture is still the old font.




Oh, sorry I thought for one moment you were asking us to report Reith to Watchdog judging by the first sentence in their tweet. Wink
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Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

At the time (circa 2001) Peter Sissons and Michael Buerk were considered the top BBC1 newscasters. But on News 24 and World, Gavin Esler and Nik Gowing held a similar status. They would always be called in if a major story broke. Like deejay says, it doesn't seem to exist anymore for the continuous news channels. Remember, back in those days it was very, very rare for any simulcasting to go on outside of overnights. So News 24 and World had their own pool of presenters who were largely unknown to each other's viewers.

Of course, it led to the occasion in the wake of 9/11 when Michael Buerk presented alongside Gavin Esler on the News 24 set! That was an incredible rarity!

EDIT: In fact, I uploaded a video of it several years ago. It's an old-style Real Player video file but it's playable in VLC media player if you have it.

https://up.metropol247.co.uk/itsrobert/BBC%20News%20Special%20(Michael%20Buerk%20%20Gavin%20Esler).rm


Very rare indeed. I think there's only been a handful of occasions when the national presenter has joined the News 24/Channel presenter.

Only ocassions I can think of have been the above with Gavin Estler and Michael Buerk, an Azores summit news special with Huw Edwards joining Jane Hill on the News 24 set.



The 2000 TVC power cut with Darren Jordan presenting alongside Carrie Gracie from the old Westminster newsroom set.

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When Colonal Gaddafi was captured with Mishal Husain joining Jane Hill in N6 (although Mishal was on a World News shift at the time, I think it still counts).



I haven't counted Peter Sissons and Chris Lowe in the mix as they became dedicated News 24/Channel presenters post their time fronting BBC One main bulletins. Although, come to think of it, did Sissons also present the weekend BBC One update simulcasts from N8? I can't really remember?

I think there might have been a few occasions around 2007 when the likes of George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth did stints on the news channel in a bid to increase the high profile names on the channel. I also believe, but correct me if I'm wrong, but that was also around the time Huw Edwards started presenting his BBC 5 O'clock News hour (as it was then).

Nowadays you'd just get the World News presenter joining the News channel presenter or vice versa.
Last edited by Worzel on 18 August 2019 11:36am - 13 times in total
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

I guess the current “contractual” titles in use are in recognition of permanent staff status, length of service and associated seniority.

Rob is right: the days of there being a “Chief” anchor are now gone. If the seniority were to be measured purely by who is sent outside most to cover the big stories, then today’s “Chief” anchors would be Simon McCoy (Channel), Christian Fraser (Channel and World), Philippa Thomas (World) and Annita McVeigh (Channel).


Not forgetting Ben Brown.
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

As far as I know there is no such thing anymore. The nearest thing to it I think would be presenters who do the nationals, though they are not widely known on World News, and some rarely present on the channel when it’s not a national (eg Fiona Bruce)


I think Fiona Bruce is the only 'nationals' presenter who has never done a stint/shift on either the News channel or World News as Huw Edwards, Sophie Raworth, George Alagiah, Mishal Husain and Kate Silverton all have at some point. Wonder why?
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

https://twitter.com/bbcmaryam/status/1162340759309357056?s=21


Maryam's twitter bio suggests she's lead presenter of BBC World News. Wasn't that role once occupied by Nik Gowing? I'm not sure there has been a lead presenter on BBC World News since?

I thought Ben Bland was lead presenter (at least he should be) ?


Pretty sure its Matthew Amroliwala or Mike Embley.
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

Looks like someone's finally resync'd the BBC News/World News box on the World News Today titles as it now fades in on the end slide when the programme name appears, rather than on the studio pan.

Also it's interesting that on Afternoon Live and Newsroom Live, the top line text 'Afternoon' and 'Newsroom' are in Reith Serif but the 'Live' is in Sans, but on World News Today the top line 'World News' is in Sans and the bottom line 'Today' in Serif, so reversed.
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Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)

BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

Joanna Gosling doing the News at One today. Shes co presenter a few times from the studio when someone else has been on location but I think this is her first "solo" bulletin apart from weekend and bank holidays.


#holidayseason

What's happened to Kate Silverton?


Joanna has done the News at One solo before (weekday non-holiday), once in the last year or two. I can't remember precisely when - it will be on that News Fix site.


She also fronted a few weekend evening bulletins back in the 2009 N6 days (and stayed on to do the evening shift on the NC too).

Caught on this now infamous Schafernaker clip. You catch 2 seconds of the end of the BBC One update at the beginning with Joanna in the chair.

Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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Whatever happened to...................?

A few CNN faces:

Fionnuala Sweeney (hope I got the spelling right there)
Coleen McEdwards
Anjali Rao
Monita Rajpal

Sky News:
Lisa Knights
Andrew Wilson


Andrew Wilson went to work for Arise News for a while, but that was a few years ago, he's now an after dinner speaker I believe.

Lisa Knights is the Group Head of Media at Ashton Gate/Bristol Sport according to her Twitter.

Fionnuala Sweeney works in comms for the Global Health Institute I believe. I've come across her name in my line of work.
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

Lukwesa Burak seems to be struggling lately with presenting on the News channel.


Could say the same about Carrie Gracie too. Her delivery seems to be a bit 'off' (trouble getting words out and speaking through her nose) and seems to get caught out looking at the wrong camera quite a bit. I don't know what it is, but she seems to have lost her zing.

I thought it was just a matter of being out of practice from her time in the field but she's been covering shifts on the news channel for well over a year and not much has changed.

(This is not a have a go at Carrie post, I think she used to be excellent but don't quite know what's up).
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Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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Whatever happened to...................?

For those wondering about the whereabouts of Stefanie Callister, she's with us at Cambridge 105 Radio and presents our Drive show (although as Steffi Callister). Very Happy Her ex-husband Chris Mann presents mid mornings on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. (Don't worry - Scott Chisholm isn't around Laughing ).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAl2IQLwZqQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQJbSh2r1MU

Stefanie Callister also had a stint on News 24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUiOoR0q1dQ
(About 24 mins in)


And GMTV.
Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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Brecon by-election

Suspect most people complaining about it would have been in bed at the time anyway. Considering the BBC is being ripped to shreds to keep commercial rival media companies happy it is only right once in a while the commercial sector steps up and takes on PSB responsibilities such as this. Fair play to Sky News considering the audience was likely in the low thousands.


The BBC don't help themselves with that 'The Weekends are different on the News Channel' promo (the one with the washing line of seven garments) . You'd be forgiven for thinking they are deliberatly decending into CNN style fluff programming

What's the name of the song they use for that weekend promo ?


Ray Merrell, Happy Weekend.

Worzel4,688 posts since 8 Jan 2008
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Brecon by-election

No special programme on BBC tonight? Normally they would have extended This Week with Andrew Neil to cover the result but doesn't seem to be anything on. Surprised to see no coverage for a by-election that looks set to be quite close, and Boris' first as new PM.

Sky is running a news special with Sophy Ridge and Lewis Goodall presenting live.

It appears that the BBC are opting to show a 30-minute interview with a Labour politician 3 times between now and 5 am rather than show any real coverage of this byelection that Labour has no realistic prospect of winning (but which could well be the first part of the PM losing his majority)...

(the same edition of HardTalk is currently listed as being shown at 0:30,2:30 and 4:30 which I assume is either lazy scheduling or an error in the listings)


And no coverage of the ongoing Derbyshire dam problems? During the 10pm news we were told disaster could strike at any moment?


Wonder if Victoria Derbyshire will be live in Derbyshire this morning to make up for it? Wink