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Worzel4,498 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
It looks like the News channel have cut down on the number of freelance relief presenters generally, as a whole. For example the likes of Vicky Young, Rebecca Jones, Julian Worricker, Lukwesa Burack and Shaun Ley regularly cover these days. Carole Walker occasionally pops up. Then there's the likes of Ben Brown, Rita Chakrabati and Carrie Gracie who don't have assigned 'slots' per se but pop up from time to time. I've not seen the likes of Gavin Gray, Chris Rodgers or Nicholas Owen on the channel for ages.

Jane Hill, although notably absent from the channel and national bulletins for some time, I don't believe presents any standard news channel hours these days (outside of the Five or Dateline). I've certainly never seen her covering Newsroom Live, Afternoon Live or the late/Papers shift before.

I'm quite surprised Tim Willcox hasn't been drafted back over to cover. There was a time many years ago when he was covering every spare hour going and not a day went past when we didn't see him somewhere on the channel.
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dvboy9,678 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
It always amuses me how people on this forum think that when the BBC need a presenting shift covered they can just get whoever they want, when in reality it's probably offered out to any presenters and given to the first to sign up.

If Tim Wilcox isn't covering shifts it's probably because he can't/doesn't want/need to cover those shifts, not because he hasn't been "drafted in".
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Worzel4,498 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
It always amuses me how people on this forum think that when the BBC need a presenting shift covered they can just get whoever they want, when in reality it's probably offered out to any presenters and given to the first to sign up.

If Tim Wilcox isn't covering shifts it's probably because he can't/doesn't want/need to cover those shifts, not because he hasn't been "drafted in".


Then what happens if no one's available/wants to do certain vacant slots? They're going to have to be filled some how.
London Lite10,093 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
It always amuses me how people on this forum think that when the BBC need a presenting shift covered they can just get whoever they want, when in reality it's probably offered out to any presenters and given to the first to sign up.

If Tim Wilcox isn't covering shifts it's probably because he can't/doesn't want/need to cover those shifts, not because he hasn't been "drafted in".


And with it being the Easter break, there will some cover presenters who viewers won't normally see. It's a similar thing for the network reporting shifts. These can be filled by regional reporters, such as Sarah Walton from Look Levy who was covering the climate protests in London for the NC and BBC London News today.
Newsroom1,583 posts since 2 Mar 2005
For me at least... the BBC News Channel is becoming unwatchable, I just can’t deal with the lack of experience from relief anchors. I’d rather watch CNN Domestic and flick over if something U.K./EURO relevant happens.

Very sad state of affairs.

I switch off when Burack is on. I can’t cope.
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London Lite10,093 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

I switch off when Burack is on. I can’t cope.


If you mean Lukwesa Burak, fantastic when she presented the overnight shift on Sky News and on Al Jazeera English, but can't gel to her delivery on the NC. It may be down to the NC's style rather than her ability though.
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Josh805 posts since 21 Dec 2014
It looks like the News channel have cut down on the number of freelance relief presenters generally, as a whole. For example the likes of Vicky Young, Rebecca Jones, Julian Worricker, Lukwesa Burack and Shaun Ley regularly cover these days.

Lukwesa is freelance.

As it was already stated...
It's not even realistic.
Rolling News603 posts since 27 Dec 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
It looks like the News channel have cut down on the number of freelance relief presenters generally, as a whole. For example the likes of Vicky Young, Rebecca Jones, Julian Worricker, Lukwesa Burack and Shaun Ley regularly cover these days.

Lukwesa is freelance.

As it was already stated...

No, the original poster stated that the number of freelancers on screen had been reduced. He then went on to list presenters who appear who are not freelance, hence poster number 2 stating that Lukwesa is freelance...
South Today2,668 posts since 10 Feb 2003

I switch off when Burack is on. I can’t cope.


If you mean Lukwesa Burak, fantastic when she presented the overnight shift on Sky News and on Al Jazeera English, but can't gel to her delivery on the NC. It may be down to the NC's style rather than her ability though.


I completely agree! I find her unwatchable too. More Shaun Ley please... absolute superb delivery!
Rolling News603 posts since 27 Dec 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Today's dreadful news of the burning of Notre Dame and the coverage by the BBC had led me to writing this.

I've no idea how pres scheduling works at the BBC these days.. (I did in the 90's)... but in recent months it's been beyond acceptable.

Lets's start with Geeta Guru Murphy. Totally unacceptable to cover today's awful events, she was terrible. I always turn to the BBC, but having lived in the US, I usually have CNN domestic on at home in London and so stuck with that and made a good choice.

Sean Lay - seriously?
Lukwesa Burak - She is entirely dreadful at breaking news, last weekend being one prime example.

Where on earth are Gosling, Hill, Gracie, Owen, anyone... (even Bland albeit a new face.. though totally competent). I just don't understand how the BBC can schedule such dire presenters for a channel that can switch from an hourly 'normal' running order to a serious breaking news story and not replace people who to 'US' a small minority of the viewing public, are a dire mess.

What happened last weekend that Lukwesa was so dreadful at?