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JamesWorldNews8,534 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
BIG MOIRA klaxon!

God Bless Moira and - although no longer involved in television and, hence, *technically*, does not belong on this Forum, the great Lady remains an icon of our time and one of the best television newsreaders ever to exist.

As we have no other conduit to do so, I would like to wish her well.

All the best, Moira. You are a legend.
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Inspector Sands14,152 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Not surprised she's left as I don't think they'd have wanted her on Zoe Balls new breakfast show, she was never that good on there IMO

I believe she was fairly highly paid too, so she'd not have been kept
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RDJ2,831 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
I'm surprised that one of the other TV news companies haven't snapped her up since she left BBC Television.

Wasn’t she a newsreader and not a trained journalist? I think that’s seen as old fashioned now.

Correct. I understand she had to have DTL interviews written for her and avoided if at all possible. That's likely why appearances were fleeting right up to 2007, I remember she'd present the odd Saturday teatime shift only every couple of months by that point.
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Markymark7,477 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Moria in this clip struggled with the interview part of this.

Well, she only asked one question, which doesn't exactly require a degree in journalism to ask, (are you OK ?) and wound the interview up in a slightly rushed manner. Other than that ?

In fact it wasn't really an interview, just an on the spot report introduced by her.
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Steve Williams2,922 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Moira when on TV only read the news and did not actually interview - think that was the point when left TV as she wasn't a trained journalist - but neither is Peter Levy on Look North for Lincs and East Yorks and he got away with it as an original DJ

There are lots of people in news like Peter Levy who don't have a background in journalism - Nicky Campbell and Simon Mayo are obvious examples, Andy Crane when he was doing Granada Reports a while back is another one. Regardless of Levy's background - and he was hired at a time when a newsreader was just that, someone who read the news so a good voice and pleasant manner was enough - he is clearly now well-versed in the art of news presenting and regularly carries out interviews and so on. In the early days of local radio everyone would do everything anyway.

The difference between him and Moira is, as mentioned, Moira didn't have that skillset and was hired as a newsreader and announcer and nothing else - which is a job that doesn't really exist anymore.
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