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ITV Debate

Rageh Omaar and Anushka Asthana Presenting

JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News


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JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
Nice to see ITV News using Rageh Omaar in a wider role for a change.

And, beyond personalities, also good to see some alternative debate options being offered by ITV News.

Not sure what format this will take in the current lockdown/distancing scenario, but good to have an alternative to the like of QT over on the BBC.

I appreciate this is - so far - a one off programme. However, could be the launch pad for more regular (perhaps monthly) series of debates.
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Just hope they don't go down the "rent a racist" route that seems to have become the norm over recent years.

Interestingly the rerun of a 1999 drama isn't quite as random as it first appears as ITV have announced this week a follow up three part drama from the team behind it.
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Jonwo (previously Jonwo87)
Nice to see ITV News using Rageh Omaar in a wider role for a change.

And, beyond personalities, also good to see some alternative debate options being offered by ITV News.

Not sure what format this will take in the current lockdown/distancing scenario, but good to have an alternative to the like of QT over on the BBC.

I appreciate this is - so far - a one off programme. However, could be the launch pad for more regular (perhaps monthly) series of debates.


Monthly is unlikely as these sorts of programmes never rate well.
BA
Batavia World News
Just hope they don't go down the "rent a racist" route that seems to have become the norm over recent years.


Agree with this entirely!! I have had similar thoughts with some of the coverage of covid preventative measures. For example, on the wearing of masks, yes to interviewing experts who can deliver the facts, no to people who just have an opinion. If you're not an epidemiologist, or a specialist in infectious diseases, immunology or pulmonology, then your uninformed brain farts are worthless and can do more harm than good in a health crisis.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
Just hope they don't go down the "rent a racist" route that seems to have become the norm over recent years.


Agree with this entirely!! I have had similar thoughts with some of the coverage of covid preventative measures. For example, on the wearing of masks, yes to interviewing experts who can deliver the facts, no to people who just have an opinion. If you're not an epidemiologist, or a specialist in infectious diseases, immunology or pulmonology, then your uninformed brain farts are worthless and can do more harm than good in a health crisis.

Unfortunately limiting discussion to those groups would restrict debate to one area. While I'd agree that getting on random political commentators would be pointless there are certainly other groups who have relevant points to make on the use of masks. I can certainly see the benefits of talking to the business community as well as advocates for groups who are medically unable to use masks as to the effects that the policy will have on their areas of specialism.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Just hope they don't go down the "rent a racist" route that seems to have become the norm over recent years.


Agree with this entirely!! I have had similar thoughts with some of the coverage of covid preventative measures. For example, on the wearing of masks, yes to interviewing experts who can deliver the facts, no to people who just have an opinion. If you're not an epidemiologist, or a specialist in infectious diseases, immunology or pulmonology, then your uninformed brain farts are worthless and can do more harm than good in a health crisis.

Yes, far too many people invited on shows just because they have an opinion, though as AlexS says it is a different matter when experts in a different field offer an opinion from a different perspective (i.e. health v economy in the COVID debate).
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JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
This is what ITN and News at Ten should look like every night! Stunning set.



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cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
This is what ITN and News at Ten should look like every night! Stunning set.





Agreed. That looks lovely. Would anyone be able to give me a quote for that flooring Wink
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fanoftv Central (West) Midlands Today
Are they using the credenza as a desk?
RD
RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
The desk is absolutely enormous, for obvious reasons. Rageh even acknowledged how huge the desk was.

Could be a contender for the award for TV’s largest ever desk with the BBC News fake desk from the nineties.

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AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Is that the biggest desk ever seen on TV?

They’ve also borrowed ‘screeny’ from Peston

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