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Benjamin1 London
Quite surprised by this.
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
https://itvjobs.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/main-presenter-38

ITV is advertising for someone 'to work alongside Lucy'.

''We’re looking for a Main Presenter to work alongside Lucy Meacock on our 6pm news programme, Granada Reports and our lunchtime and late bulletins. As one half of our presenting partnership, you’ll not only be the main face of our news service on TV but you’ll come to us with a high profile on social media.''

"As a programme we recognise that the North West is culturally diverse and we are looking to be more inclusive and representative of our audience so we’re looking for a person who can make a really strong contribution to that agenda. You’ll have an appetite to engage with our viewers and build our digital audience"


That sounds like they only want a person from a diverse background.
Im assuming theve pur it out like that because another Granadw presenter/reporter didn't want to take the job.
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Cold Open West Country (East) Points West
It has long stuck-out to me that non-Caucasian "A team" anchors in both BBC and ITV regions are still quite rare. Ethnic diversity amongst "B team" or lower / short bulletin / occasional relief / freelancer presenters in the regions is not necessarily much wider either (I do realise that some regions may not have particularly diverse resident populations anyway, so this is not necessarily an "unrepresentative" state of affairs everywhere).

Sangeeta Bhabra (Meridian), Sameena Ali-Khan (Central), and the late Tony Morris (Granada) are the only ITV examples that readily spring to mind. Do any BBC regions have any non-Caucasian "A" anchors at all? Have I missed anyone obvious?

In some BBC/ITV regions at least, I think that even "B, C, D..." (etc) teams are also mostly/entirely white. I don't mean to imply that any discrimination is happening here, mind. They obviously can't, for example, force BAME people (or anyone else) at gunpoint to become news anchors if that's not the career that they would freely choose.

What, if any, difference this may make to how BAME viewers feel when watching the regional news, I have no idea.

No agenda here, just an observation.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
It has long stuck-out to me that non-Caucasian "A team" anchors in both BBC and ITV regions are still quite rare. Ethnic diversity amongst "B team" or lower / short bulletin / occasional relief / freelancer presenters in the regions is not necessarily much wider either (I do realise that some regions may not have particularly diverse resident populations anyway, so this is not necessarily an "unrepresentative" state of affairs everywhere).

Sangeeta Bharbra (Meridian), Sameena Ali-Khan (Central), and the late Tony Morris (Granada) are the only ITV examples that readily spring to mind. Do any BBC regions have any non-Caucasian "A" anchors at all? Have I missed anyone obvious?

In some BBC/ITV regions at least, I think that even "B, C, D..." (etc) teams are also mostly/entirely white. I don't mean to imply that any discrimination is happening here, mind. They obviously can't, for example, force BAME people (or anyone else) at gunpoint to become news anchors if that's not the career that they would freely choose.

What, if any, difference this may make to how BAME viewers feel when watching the regional news, I have no idea.

No agenda here, just an observation.

Riz La Teef in London is the obvious one
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Cold Open West Country (East) Points West
AlexS posted:
Riz La Teef in London is the obvious one

Ah, yes, of course. I've just remembered Asad Ahmad too.

For some reason, the BBC/ITV London region is often a bit of a blind spot for me. 😐
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Ben Shatliff Granada North West Today
AlexS posted:
Riz La Teef in London is the obvious one

Ah, yes, of course. I've just remembered Asad Ahmad too.

For some reason, the BBC/ITV London region is often a bit of a blind spot for me. 😐


Charlene White and Nina Hossain. Both fantastic leading female anchors at ITV London
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Benjamin1 London
Charlene White, Lucrezia Millarini, Duncan Golestani, Sangeeta Kandola, Suzanne Virdee.
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Ronke Phillips does a few nights. she’s been on itv London a few times
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DJ Dave Granada North West Today
https://itvjobs.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/main-presenter-38

ITV is advertising for someone 'to work alongside Lucy'.

''We’re looking for a Main Presenter to work alongside Lucy Meacock on our 6pm news programme, Granada Reports and our lunchtime and late bulletins. As one half of our presenting partnership, you’ll not only be the main face of our news service on TV but you’ll come to us with a high profile on social media.''

"As a programme we recognise that the North West is culturally diverse and we are looking to be more inclusive and representative of our audience so we’re looking for a person who can make a really strong contribution to that agenda. You’ll have an appetite to engage with our viewers and build our digital audience"


I didn't think they would look for someone so quickly to be honest, I would have thought Rob Smith might have wanted to go for it.
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Him or Andy bonner or Matt
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Well I'm sure they'll be invited to reply but I think considering they've used a mixture of male hosts to cover for Tony in the past rather than having one regular stand in it isn't surprising they've opened it up to applications outside of Granada too.

The timing would never feel quite right in this situation really and in a way the enforced reduction to one host has given them a bit more time to come to terms with things and allow them to continue the programme respectfully. In regular times I don't think either switching to one host or continuing with replacements in Tony's chair would have felt quite right. I do think it is the right move though now to move forward and I think it is what Tony would have wanted - and it is unlikely the co-host will appear on screen until January at the earliest I'd have thought.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If you go back a few years (and the rest) Khalid Aziz (Look North/TVS), Geeta Guru-Murthy and Damian Johnson at Look North. Gillian Joseph at NSE.
Write that down in your copybook now.

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