Oh the days when they could afford two presenters....
These days at least one would have to be furloughed or be on reduced shifts (or sit apart like on Breakfast and the One Show).
I think I prefer the double headed pres on the Six in 2003-2007 than the original set up from 1984-1999. I wasn't a watcher in the 1990s as I was too young to take notice of who the presenters were (!), but from what I've seen on YouTube etc the latter era seemed to treat both presenters as equals. In the 90s it seemed the likes of Moira, Jill, Andrew, Chris etc acted as an assistant to the likes of Peter, Anna, Nicholas and Martyn.
Anna’s first bulletin at the BBC when she joined was the Six alongside Nicholas Witchell.
I always remember Nick saying at the end of the bulletin:
“That was the Six O’clock News. From Anna - who is most welcome - and from me, Good Evening”.
Funny how random things like that stick in your mind.
Furthermore, her first appearance was a surprise on a Tuesday, whereas it was billed for the Wednesday and Thursday.
Before starting on news at the BBC Anna was a presenter on Tomorrow's World (in the 1970s!), Wogan and a programme called Network with David Jessel. Her first appearance on the Six O' Clock News was on Tuesday 28th February 1989, as you say with Nicholas Witchell.
A secret to confess - I grew up in an ITN/ITV viewing household. I had been interested in the news presentation from about 8 - I remember I was wide awake at 5:30 watching the Morning news.
When I later re discovered my interest in news presentation I started watching the BBC News Channel - remembering the afternoon double-headed presentation. It was BH era and the time when if a presenter wasn’t in the right shift, it deserves a news story itself. Matthew and Jane I vividly remember and there were certainly many more interviews being conducted. Afternoon's suited it - morning less so.
Then came along 2015 - when the News Channel became the BBC News every so often channel.
2018 was when I really was fascinated - with the OB and my interest in politics everything was really very fun. Afternoon Live was a good watch - it’s a shame that I don’t really catch it as often.
I don’t remember the Six double headed - but I can see why it was only the six that was. Makes sense imo - especially with the regions program afterwards that is most often double headed. But I understand why it isn’t.
The standard output at the moment is not bad - but I miss the 5. It’s the only one I really watch (other than ever TOTH to see I’m not missing an exploding camera or Huw Edwards on Newsroom Live)
A bit like me then. Strangely I also grew up in an ITN household and was the only news my parents ever watched, but the only news I now watch as a grown man is BBC News. I can possibly even only name about 3 or 4 presenters each on ITV and Sky News.
I know this will never ever happen again, but I enjoyed the era where both BBC News and ITN News had different looks for each of their bulletins, signalling the different times of the day they were on, and that audience it was aimed at.
For me the BBC One O'Clock News from 1986-1993, Six O'Clock News from 1984-1993 and the Nine O'Clock News from 1988-1993 eras were very good, in my opinion.
Over on ITN, their News at One (later 12.30) of 1989-1992, Early Evening News from 1992-1995 and the News at Ten from 1988-1992 were my favourites.
I know and understand the world of news presentation has changed (for the worse in my view) and that all news had to follow the corporate look - I just like the older era were that was not the case, and each bulletin had its own individual style.