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Brekkie34,852 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Banned for 1 week
HTV Wales Wales Today
The problem with Laura K is that she seems to use Twitter breathlessly as a form of notepad, often without even taking the time construct proper sentences.

What would often only merit inclusion in one of the last paragraphs of a story appears as a single tweet and get seized upon.

Laura didn't help herself last night using the reply function to a tweet from Mirror journalist Pippa Crerar to post an off the record comment from a "source" which gave the impression she was correcting the Mirror's journalism.

The whole Westminster lobby system of the off the record briefing needs reform. Some newspaper journalists posting "it's fake news from The Guardian" from "allies" and "friends" of Dominic Cummings did not cover themselves in glory last night.

It is worth noting Peston has done exactly the same as Laura with less of the flack - but it is a big issue with broadcast journalism at the moment, especially when the government are boycotting the shows that do challenge the narrative.
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Night Thoughts299 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
Peston often seems to think he is employed by Twitter or Facebook rather than ITV/ITN. He needs to be given a Nokia brick instead of a smartphone.

Laura K certainly hasn't helped herself, but the vitriol is horrific. Sadly, this means she can't do the sensible thing which is to *stop bloody tweeting* because it'd look like a victory for the sexist bullies.The BBC also does not help the situation by including political correspondents' tweets in online stories, encouraging people to read every tweet from them as a tablet of stone.

Journalism in general, and particularly political journalism, is locked in a toxic embrace with social media. I can't see a way out of it without one major group ordering its reporters to, say, pull back from Twitter.
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Rolling News1,486 posts since 27 Dec 2015 Recently warned
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I do think she has been a weak Political Editor, but I also think she's got alot of unnecessary vitriol her way simply by being a woman. She really didn't help herself this morning though.

Back to rotas kind of but when, if ever, is the last time anyone in a regular national weekday BBC newsreading role actually regularly did a five day week in the anchors chair, if ever? Certainly since the 1999 look came in officially the main newsreader did Mon-Thu with a secondary newsreader covering Fridays. Buerk and Sissons splitting the 9pm/late shift across seven days is well documented, whilst before 1999 the Six always relied on a pool of presenters rather than having a lead presenter. Not sure about Breakfast - when that started did Sophie and Jeremy do a 5-day week or was it always 3 or 4 days?

I'm quite sure when Breakfast started Sophie & Jeremy did Mon-Thu and Darren Jordon & Sarah Montague (later Sian Williams) did Thu-Sun. Although I could be wrong on that as I'm not sure if the Friday presenters also did Saturdays and Sundays.


It's possible George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth did 5 days when they initially took over the 6 in 2003. There's clips on TV Ark of George presenting the bulletin on a Friday, and I've just checked on Genome the first week they did the 6 in January 2003 they did 5 days.
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AlexS929 posts since 19 Oct 2016
Central (East) Midlands Today
I do think she has been a weak Political Editor, but I also think she's got alot of unnecessary vitriol her way simply by being a woman. She really didn't help herself this morning though.

Back to rotas kind of but when, if ever, is the last time anyone in a regular national weekday BBC newsreading role actually regularly did a five day week in the anchors chair, if ever? Certainly since the 1999 look came in officially the main newsreader did Mon-Thu with a secondary newsreader covering Fridays. Buerk and Sissons splitting the 9pm/late shift across seven days is well documented, whilst before 1999 the Six always relied on a pool of presenters rather than having a lead presenter. Not sure about Breakfast - when that started did Sophie and Jeremy do a 5-day week or was it always 3 or 4 days?

Not quite 5 days on the same bulletin, but wasn't there a period in which Sian Williams did Breakfast Monday-Thursday and then the six on Fridays?
cmthwtv149 posts since 25 Jan 2020
HTV West Points West
I do think she has been a weak Political Editor, but I also think she's got alot of unnecessary vitriol her way simply by being a woman. She really didn't help herself this morning though.

Back to rotas kind of but when, if ever, is the last time anyone in a regular national weekday BBC newsreading role actually regularly did a five day week in the anchors chair, if ever? Certainly since the 1999 look came in officially the main newsreader did Mon-Thu with a secondary newsreader covering Fridays. Buerk and Sissons splitting the 9pm/late shift across seven days is well documented, whilst before 1999 the Six always relied on a pool of presenters rather than having a lead presenter. Not sure about Breakfast - when that started did Sophie and Jeremy do a 5-day week or was it always 3 or 4 days?

I'm quite sure when Breakfast started Sophie & Jeremy did Mon-Thu and Darren Jordon & Sarah Montague (later Sian Williams) did Thu-Sun. Although I could be wrong on that as I'm not sure if the Friday presenters also did Saturdays and Sundays.


It's possible George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth did 5 days when they initially took over the 6 in 2003. There's clips on TV Ark of George presenting the bulletin on a Friday, and I've just checked on Genome the first week they did the 6 in January 2003 they did 5 days.


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tightrope781,215 posts since 29 Dec 2005
UTV Newsline
The problem with Twitter is that you learn too much of people’s own personal opinions on it and this is particularly difficult when it is their job to be impartial and not to let us know their opinions. To be fair this isn’t a problem that I have with Laura but there is definitely a younger generation of journalists who can’t separate their personal lives, and opinions, from their jobs.
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kman202031 posts since 10 Apr 2020 new member
BBC World News
With the last 8-10 weeks of combined presentations, who are the presenters we'd normally expect to see that we aren't seeing much of?

We're mostly seeing the same faces week in and week out, with a little variation.
AlexS929 posts since 19 Oct 2016
Central (East) Midlands Today
Geeta Guru-Murthy, Philippa Thomas and Ros Atkins are about the only regular presenters not currently appearing (or not appearing in the studio in Ros' case), other than those who wouldn't currently be appearing in any case (Victoria Fritz, Ben Bland). Additionally a lot of the relief team (Simon Pusey, Krupa Padhy, Reged Ahmad, Rachel Schofield etc) are simply not currently needed so while they are not appearing in most cases this'll be due to a lack of need rather than anything preventing them from doing so.
kman202031 posts since 10 Apr 2020 new member
BBC World News
Geeta Guru-Murthy, Philippa Thomas and Ros Atkins are about the only regular presenters not currently appearing (or not appearing in the studio in Ros' case), other than those who wouldn't currently be appearing in any case (Victoria Fritz, Ben Bland). Additionally a lot of the relief team (Simon Pusey, Krupa Padhy, Reged Ahmad, Rachel Schofield etc) are simply not currently needed so while they are not appearing in most cases this'll be due to a lack of need rather than anything preventing them from doing so.


Being in Los Angeles, I go to bed around the time Sally Bundock / David Eeds get started, and by the time I'm up and going, its Matthew Amroliawala and I have no idea what happened in between.

Katty Kay has also not been presenting, but similar to Ros Adkins, reporting from home.

What's Tanya Beckett up to these days?
JamesWorldNews9,132 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
Tanya is freelance and occasionally contributes to BBC Radio. She hasn’t presented BBC World News for quite some time, where she was doing weekend and late night slots infrequently when she stopped being a business presenter.

David Eades and Sally Bundock currently share the morning slot between them, with occasional appearances from Tim Willcox.

Karin Giannone and Samantha Simmonds have been doing weekend mornings lately.

Philippa Thomas is busy with other (non BBC) work at the moment.

Krupa is primarily a BBC World Service radio presenter (along with the likes of James Menendez and Nuala McGovern). Whilst radio is their primary work, they all fill in on BBC World News tv from time to time, Nuala on a more regular basis and across all tv output, and James/Krupa normally on generic BBC World News.

Due to the obvious lack of slot time at the moment, none of them are really needed on World TV but are busy on World Radio.

Snippet: when Outside Source was launched on World TV some years ago, Krupa was the main deputy for Ros Atkins.

Simon Pusey: overnight slots covered adequately at the moment by Mike and Lewis and James R.

Furthermore, Babita Sharma is now back in the system and therefore even less of a requirement for cover in the traditional Newsday slot.
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