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Rich Tea434 posts since 16 Apr 2017 Recently warned
Anglia (West) Look East
Fascinating article, also have to say both Buerk and Lewis were amazing newsreaders. Infact, almost the entire pool of newsreaders in the late 80s and 90s were fantastic. Peter Sissons, Philip Hayton, Nicholas Witchell, Andrew Harvey, Anna Ford, Edward Stourton, and then of course the likes of Moira Stuart, Chris Lowe, Jill Dando and Jennie Bond who never quite made it to lead anchors but were still brilliant. The only real heavyweights these days are Huw Edwards and George Alagiah. Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth are good and solid but not what I consider heavyweight. Jane Hill and Reeta Chakrabarti are ok if not slightly annoying. Clive Myrie shows potential but can be a little on the dull side.


You're wrong about Jill Dando. Back then when it really was women battling in a man's world, she shone when the Russian coup happened and it was the first time she led Breakfast News with Paul Burden in the 2nd seat. Jill was almost immediately looked upon as senior. She did most bulletins at one point or another, certainly main over the weekends .


If Jill Dando was still with us I'm sure she would have remained loyal to the BBC and just maybe she would now be considered their most senior heavyweight newsreader if she remained in the newsroom alongside other BBC work she always did. Still only be 56.

I bet people forget that John Simpson, the BBC's foreign affairs editor, presented the BBC's main evening 9 O'clock News in the early 80's. He wasn't a heavyweight back then, but most certainly is a heavyweight now with gravitas. Yesterday people on twitter were actually apologising to him in deference because they disagreed with his stance on the Cliff case.

If Huw Edwards is the current benchmark for a so called heavyweight news presenter that's a very dispiriting thought.
Spencer For Hire5,545 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Fascinating article, also have to say both Buerk and Lewis were amazing newsreaders. Infact, almost the entire pool of newsreaders in the late 80s and 90s were fantastic. Peter Sissons, Philip Hayton, Nicholas Witchell, Andrew Harvey, Anna Ford, Edward Stourton, and then of course the likes of Moira Stuart, Chris Lowe, Jill Dando and Jennie Bond who never quite made it to lead anchors but were still brilliant. The only real heavyweights these days are Huw Edwards and George Alagiah. Fiona Bruce and Sophie Raworth are good and solid but not what I consider heavyweight. Jane Hill and Reeta Chakrabarti are ok if not slightly annoying. Clive Myrie shows potential but can be a little on the dull side.


You're wrong about Jill Dando. Back then when it really was women battling in a man's world, she shone when the Russian coup happened and it was the first time she led Breakfast News with Paul Burden in the 2nd seat. Jill was almost immediately looked upon as senior. She did most bulletins at one point or another, certainly main over the weekends .


If Jill Dando was still with us I'm sure she would have remained loyal to the BBC.


How could you possibly be sure about that?
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JamesWorldNews7,485 posts since 22 Aug 2004
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I vaguely remember in Jill Dando's obituary package, someone from BBC News saying she did not put her name forward to present the new look bulletins in May 1999.


Correct, because Jill herself felt that bosses perceived her more as a variety features presenter than a serious news journalist. This probably came about due to Jill being more recognized for Holiday and Antiques Show than as a news journalist.

However, I always found Jill to be a superb news presenter and formidable interviewer.

Nicholas Witchell also recounted how Jill made him laugh with tears in between VTs being played during the News.

Anyone who can make Witchell laugh is surely talented.
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