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Allegra Stratton - New PM Press Secretary

(October 2020)

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DV
DVB Cornwall


bkman1990 and Alfie Mulcahy gave kudos
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Worzel




The most predictable political appointment of the year.
SC
scottishtv Founding member
It's incredible to me that someone looked at the role of White House Press Secretary and thought "That works really well for them, we should do the same." Maybe it's a way to shield Government Ministers from the spotlight.

Will be interesting to see how often briefings are held, if they are always on camera, what the format will be and will the broadcasters all carry them live and in full?
DE
derek500
It's incredible to me that someone looked at the role of White House Press Secretary and thought "That works really well for them, we should do the same." Maybe it's a way to shield Government Ministers from the spotlight.

Will be interesting to see how often briefings are held, if they are always on camera, what the format will be and will the broadcasters all carry them live and in full?


It's replacing the current daily press briefing, which isn't on camera.
MI
TheMike
Given the mileage provided by the White House equivalent to shows like SNL, I bet the makers of Spitting Image will be commissioning a puppet right now.
Johnnie and Media Box gave kudos
MI
TheMike
It's incredible to me that someone looked at the role of White House Press Secretary and thought "That works really well for them, we should do the same." Maybe it's a way to shield Government Ministers from the spotlight.

Will be interesting to see how often briefings are held, if they are always on camera, what the format will be and will the broadcasters all carry them live and in full?


Under the changes, the briefings will be on camera:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54468229

Once the novelty wears off, they'll probably get shunted off to BBC Parliament (unless the Govt exercises pressure on the BBC to keep them on a more prominent outlet).
JO
Jon
I’d have thought any broadcaster that airs this, would have air any equivalent news conference from the Labour Party.
DE
derek500
Jon posted:
I’d have thought any broadcaster that airs this, would have air any equivalent news conference from the Labour Party.


Why? It's the Government not a party broadcast.
CM
cmthwtv
Jon posted:
I’d have thought any broadcaster that airs this, would have air any equivalent news conference from the Labour Party.


Why? It's the Government not a party broadcast.


But its salaried by the Conservative Party. And I could struggle to see a government press conference with no bias... towards the government?
NE
neonemesis
Jon posted:
I’d have thought any broadcaster that airs this, would have air any equivalent news conference from the Labour Party.


I think the balance would come from a commitment to air the government briefing regardless of the party in power, rather than have to balance the output over the day, or the week.

The Prime Minister has had several broadcasts over recent months, there has been no requirements to air an exact same number of minutes of Sir Kier in response...
DE
derek500
Jon posted:
I’d have thought any broadcaster that airs this, would have air any equivalent news conference from the Labour Party.


Why? It's the Government not a party broadcast.


But its salaried by the Conservative Party. And I could struggle to see a government press conference with no bias... towards the government?


It's a political appointment but classed as a civil servant, similar to a Spad.
BR
Brekkie
I think once the novelty has worn off too it is less likely they'll be shown live and instead just snipped for content afterwards.

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