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AN
all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Wasn’t there a day early on in COVID where Fiona did the Six and Ten and Huw did the 4pm daily briefing slot? There’s your ranking of seniority!
NE
Newsroom Banned from this forum
World News is a very different operation and there is a general belief/expectation that the pool of presenters will handle whatever is thrown at them and, as someone pointed out above, Nik Gowing and Zeinab Badawi were considered the last “senior” presenters in a hierarchical sense.

To illustrate the point, in terms of significant events in bye-gone days prior to the practical merging of the News Channel and World News on location coverage, Network/Channel would normally have mobilized any one of 3 or 4 presenters to handle a live event. (Huw. Simon. Sophie. Ben). If it’s overseas, usually Clive.

Whereas at BBC World News, I can recall almost every permanent member of the anchor pool being sent out at some point (often more than once in a year) to cover a big story.

For example (from memory):

Christian Fraser - everywhere (from Westminster to Brussels to Singapore covering the Trump-Jong Un summit to Windsor Royal weddings etc)

Kasia Madera - Polish events in Warsaw numerous times

Karin Giannone - Soweto (Mandela death), Rome (Berlussconi trial), Paris (French elections), South Africa (Oscar Pistorius trial on 2 different occasions)

Philippa Thomas - as a former BBC Political Correspondent and World Affairs Correspondent, Philippa can often be seen presenting from Westminster

David Eades - has anchored big sporting events on location (World Cup, for example), Brussels events (Sport and Europe being two of his previous portfolios prior to becoming an anchor).

Sally Bundock - Davos annually

Tanya Beckett - preceded Sally at Davos

Yalda Hakim - Middle East, Bangladesh, India

Matthew Amroliwala - anchored live from Delhi and USA

Mishal Husain - anchored live from Pakistan and India

Tim Willcox - has anchored various world events live from Chile, France, Spain (most recently at the beginning of Covid and before that during the Catalan election process)

Babita Sharma - has presented live from Hong Kong and Singapore

Mariko Oi - New Zealand, Japan (numerous times), China

Sharanjit Leyl - Sri Lanka bombing, Auckland terror attacks, Trump summit in Singapore

Ros Atkins - has anchored live from Brussels, Strasbourg, India, Manchester

Geeta Guru-Murthy - frequently at Westminster and key political events as World News anchor

Katty Kay, Laura Trevelyan and Jane O’Brien - various events and protests across the USA

And probably many more that I’ve missed.

In addition to the above and more recently, World and Channel simulcasts have also meant the appearance of Huw, Sophie, Ben, Clive, Simon on both outlets.

But, as can be seen above, the hierarchy isn’t quite as pronounced or indeed in existence at BBC World News. The entire team will go where the story is. And not just one or two presenters.

(All of the above of course pre-covid and pre-cuts.........)


James. All I think this highlights is the BBC’s ability to deploy those knowledgeable of the narrative. Nothing to do with seniority.

As mentioned in another long distant thread - it look Lyse over a decade of change to get her on the NC/Network and she’s as close to Kate Asie if not closer in terms of hierarchy as has ever been.
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
Wasn’t there a day early on in COVID where Fiona did the Six and Ten and Huw did the 4pm daily briefing slot? There’s your ranking of seniority!


No. I've looked on that news fix thing and it tells me that Huw did 4-6(7) and then returned for the Ten on two occasions. Fiona did the Six.
JW
JamesWorldNews Central World News
World News is a very different operation and there is a general belief/expectation that the pool of presenters will handle whatever is thrown at them and, as someone pointed out above, Nik Gowing and Zeinab Badawi were considered the last “senior” presenters in a hierarchical sense.

To illustrate the point, in terms of significant events in bye-gone days prior to the practical merging of the News Channel and World News on location coverage, Network/Channel would normally have mobilized any one of 3 or 4 presenters to handle a live event. (Huw. Simon. Sophie. Ben). If it’s overseas, usually Clive.

Whereas at BBC World News, I can recall almost every permanent member of the anchor pool being sent out at some point (often more than once in a year) to cover a big story.

For example (from memory):

Christian Fraser - everywhere (from Westminster to Brussels to Singapore covering the Trump-Jong Un summit to Windsor Royal weddings etc)

Kasia Madera - Polish events in Warsaw numerous times

Karin Giannone - Soweto (Mandela death), Rome (Berlussconi trial), Paris (French elections), South Africa (Oscar Pistorius trial on 2 different occasions)

Philippa Thomas - as a former BBC Political Correspondent and World Affairs Correspondent, Philippa can often be seen presenting from Westminster

David Eades - has anchored big sporting events on location (World Cup, for example), Brussels events (Sport and Europe being two of his previous portfolios prior to becoming an anchor).

Sally Bundock - Davos annually

Tanya Beckett - preceded Sally at Davos

Yalda Hakim - Middle East, Bangladesh, India

Matthew Amroliwala - anchored live from Delhi and USA

Mishal Husain - anchored live from Pakistan and India

Tim Willcox - has anchored various world events live from Chile, France, Spain (most recently at the beginning of Covid and before that during the Catalan election process)

Babita Sharma - has presented live from Hong Kong and Singapore

Mariko Oi - New Zealand, Japan (numerous times), China

Sharanjit Leyl - Sri Lanka bombing, Auckland terror attacks, Trump summit in Singapore

Ros Atkins - has anchored live from Brussels, Strasbourg, India, Manchester

Geeta Guru-Murthy - frequently at Westminster and key political events as World News anchor

Katty Kay, Laura Trevelyan and Jane O’Brien - various events and protests across the USA

And probably many more that I’ve missed.

In addition to the above and more recently, World and Channel simulcasts have also meant the appearance of Huw, Sophie, Ben, Clive, Simon on both outlets.

But, as can be seen above, the hierarchy isn’t quite as pronounced or indeed in existence at BBC World News. The entire team will go where the story is. And not just one or two presenters.

(All of the above of course pre-covid and pre-cuts.........)


James. All I think this highlights is the BBC’s ability to deploy those knowledgeable of the narrative. Nothing to do with seniority.....


That’s exactly my point! Had a hierarchical or seniority model truly existed, they’d be sending the same few persons all the time, as is the case with Network/Channel.
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FC
FrancesC
Fergus Walsh is promoted to Medical Editor.
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
Fergus Walsh is promoted to Medical Editor.


Well deserved.



HB
HarryB Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Fergus Walsh is promoted to Medical Editor.

How would this differ to Hugh Pym’s role as health editor?
JW
JamesWorldNews Central World News
Well done, Fergus. A great appointment.

Babita Sharma on World News from Studio C right now. I can’t recall the last time I personally saw Babita doing a daytime shift on World.
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JF
JF World News West Country (East) Points West
Well done, Fergus. A great appointment.

Babita Sharma on World News from Studio C right now. I can’t recall the last time I personally saw Babita doing a daytime shift on World.


'Daytime' I assume you mean European, I think she did one from Washington the day after US Election 2016
JW
JamesWorldNews Central World News
Well done, Fergus. A great appointment.

Babita Sharma on World News from Studio C right now. I can’t recall the last time I personally saw Babita doing a daytime shift on World.


'Daytime' I assume you mean European, I think she did one from Washington the day after US Election 2016


Yes, I mean London daytime Jack.
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JF
JF World News West Country (East) Points West
Worth noting Alex Lovell has done a five day presenting stint this week, first time anyones done that since March
MF
Matthew_Fieldhouse Central (West) Midlands Today
Fergus Walsh is promoted to Medical Editor.

How would this differ to Hugh Pym’s role as health editor?

Complementary roles
Worth noting Alex Lovell has done a five day presenting stint this week, first time anyones done that since March

Charlie Stayt also did 3-7 August
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