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Government to hold daily UK televised press briefings

Following on from the "success" of the COVID-19 briefings...

TI
tightrope78 UTV Newsline
It seems that the daily coronavirus press briefings have been such as success that they are returning as an open-ended series in the Autumn:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-53275395

Read elsewhere that they are looking for a female 'household name' to host the briefings. Guess that's Laura Kuenssberg then?
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
The fact that they are “considering” and “later this year” is somewhat odd considering we are amist a global pandemic.

This isn’t Brexit - this is something that is very much in general circulation and very much requires public communication right now. I can’t see how you can bugger off for a few weeks/months. The virus isn’t going to bugger off, so why should the press conference?
RR
RR
Read elsewhere that they are looking for a female 'household name' to host the briefings. Guess that's Laura Kuenssberg then?
Won't the host effectively become a government (political) employee, and thus can't be someone who works for a broadcaster? Would she want to leave the BBC for this? It will be a full time role.
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VA
valley
RR posted:
Read elsewhere that they are looking for a female 'household name' to host the briefings. Guess that's Laura Kuenssberg then?
Won't the host effectively become a government (political) employee, and thus can't be someone who works for a broadcaster? Would she want to leave the BBC for this? It will be a full time role.

I think we can quite safely rule out Laura, although I suppose it's not impossible if she decided to leave the BBC. It's basically going to be the UK equivalent of the White House Press Briefings.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
The fact that they are “considering” and “later this year” is somewhat odd considering we are amist a global pandemic.

This isn’t Brexit - this is something that is very much in general circulation and very much requires public communication right now. I can’t see how you can bugger off for a few weeks/months. The virus isn’t going to bugger off, so why should the press conference?

I think you are misunderstanding what this is about. This has nothing to do with Corona virus and is likely something that they have been planning for some time even before the start of the pandemic. The reality is that in the eyes of the government the lobby media are very much in an elite London bubble and are pushing their own agenda in a way that is damaging to the government. The idea is that the government believe their ideas will come across better if the public hear it directly from a government spin master rather than secondhand through a journalist that they believe to be anti-government.
It is noticeable that people like Adam Boulton (isn't it time he was fired for breaking Sky's social media guidelines on a near daily basis?) who are pretty obviously anti-government and were previously in the position of receiving privileged information and repackaging it to be damaging to the government are those who are most annoyed by this proposal. Unfortunately, due to the widespread abuse that Laura K has consistently received from much of social media inaccurately describing her as a Tory plant it was almost inevitable that her name would be mentioned when it became apparent the government would like an experienced broadcaster to lead the bulletin.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
So is this opening up our decision makers to be more accountable to the media or just the government trying to control the media only more by being questioned on their terms rather than the terms of the political and news shows they'd otherwise be appearing on.
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NT
Night Thoughts London London
When Johnson was London mayor he cancelled the regular briefings that his predecessor Ken Livingstone gave the media (a decision Sadiq Khan hasn’t reversed) so I doubt this is about transparency and more about media management. Broadcasters need to be very careful with this.
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valley
So is this opening up our decision makers to be more accountable to the media or just the government trying to control the media only more by being questioned on their terms rather than the terms of the political and news shows they'd otherwise be appearing on.

The latter. It’s how American politics works... unfortunately.
SL
Shaun Linden Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I'm surprised to learn today that Downing Street already has an official post of Press Secretary, who is currently Rob Oxley. Why can't he front them?

If No.10 think this will be screened live everyday on the news channels they can think again.
MF
Matthew_Fieldhouse Central (West) Midlands Today
If No.10 think this will be screened live everyday on the news channels they can think again.

Depends on time of day and duration
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BiggieSMLZ Granada North West Today
I'm surprised to learn today that Downing Street already has an official post of Press Secretary, who is currently Rob Oxley. Why can't he front them?

If No.10 think this will be screened live everyday on the news channels they can think again.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure it could be hosted by the Prime Minister himself, or with a rotating group of senior cabinet ministers.
Ahh, the joys of TV.
SL
Shaun Linden Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
It makes no difference on time and days. If they are doing it like the US, it's just going through the motions of government and any questions from the press. I don't think Labour would be happy as it will inevitably a daily Conservative Party promo board.

Due to the nature of government work it would also be impossible for the PM to host something like that everyday.

The monthly big press Q&A Blair and Brown used to do were much better.

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