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Government to hold daily UK televised press briefings

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

NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I didn't know that Angus Walker has ADHD. I have to say that to have such a high profile role at ITN as well as ADHD takes a lot of courage and determination. Kudos to the man.
WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
She does that though pretty much without damaging her public profile. This role is basically the messenger taking the bullets.

True - which is presumably why she is reported as being reluctant to take it.

Can’t see it being Angus Walker. One of the biggest issues they have is the top team being very male-dominated.

Would have thought an existing MP would be better. Someone like Penny Mordaunt.


Esther McVey?
BR
Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
I think they want someone who to the general public appears to be one step removed from the party.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
AP
AndrewPSSP London London
Sir Keir Starmer? Wink
At school they taught me how to be
So pure in thought and word and deed
They didn't quite succeed
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
If I was Allegra, I'd stay well away from that gig and stay working for Sunak, who appears to be the only senior Government minister who hasn't got much flack from the public at large, which is better suited to her skills than presenting a BoJo propaganda segment.

They should get someone who comes over as politically impartial as a journalist or a presenter who isn't known for their political views. Someone nondescript like Matt Baker or Alex Jones would suit that role in that they'd ask questions, but not seen as being journalistically critical of the work of the government. It wouldn't ruin their careers either in comparison to a journo who if they went back to mainstream news would be seen as a Tory or Labour stooge. It's bad enough that Laura Kuenssberg now has every single comment she makes as proof of her being a Conservative supporter and she works for the BBC.
BR
Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
Probably not the Alex Jones most likely to get the role. Wink
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
TV
TVNewsviewer Central (West) Midlands Today
I’m surprised both sides like them so much, I’m not entirely sure the Covid ones went as smoothly as they might have wanted, and quite often became a farce

“Transport Secretary, I’m going to ignore the announcement you’ve just made about transport, and ask you a question about health, which you will be vague and uncomittal on, which I then can use in a report that says ‘the government refuses to rule out...’”


So they should. Journalists should be there to ignore irrelevant points about transport that ministers want to make, but instead focus rightly on what is newsworthy as that is the real story that needs reporting on television news. They should avoid the trap of dead cat strategies where the government tries diversionary tactics onto irrelevancies when the important matters of public health on which they are refusing to rule things out are the story and should be held accountable by the news media for that.
CraigWills, Luke and Brekkie gave kudos
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Episode 100 of the Coronavirus Briefing is at 5pm today.
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/what-time-boris-johnsons-press-4560636
HC
Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
And they hoped it would not have to get a commission for a second series...
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Juicy Joe and Castries gave kudos
AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Although this is technically the wrong thread , it’s now one of those TV shows that used to have regular series but now only appears as occasional specials!
Juicy Joe and CraigWills gave kudos

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