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kernow1,257 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Was there no one else in the building?

I was under the impression that there's always another presenter on standby, in case things like this happen.


There was an occasion on BBC News a number of years ago, when Anna Ford lost her voice, and Sophie Raworth had to take over.
Steve Williams2,719 posts since 1 Aug 2008
There was an occasion on BBC News a number of years ago, when Anna Ford lost her voice, and Sophie Raworth had to take over.


She wasn't there on standby, though - she'd just arrived in the building and went on air without any make-up as Ford couldn't continue. She certainly wasn't expecting to get on air.
RDJ2,684 posts since 25 Oct 2003
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Was there no one else in the building?

I was under the impression that there's always another presenter on standby, in case things like this happen.


There was an occasion on BBC News a number of years ago, when Anna Ford lost her voice, and Sophie Raworth had to take over.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2794683.stm

I would have said that had Mary's incident happened towards the start then whoever was on ITV London duty could have probably stepped in at the last minute.
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iloveyorkshire512 posts since 28 Nov 2003
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Was there no one else in the building?

I was under the impression that there's always another presenter on standby, in case things like this happen.


There was an occasion on BBC News a number of years ago, when Anna Ford lost her voice, and Sophie Raworth had to take over.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2794683.stm

I would have said that had Mary's incident happened towards the start then whoever was on ITV London duty could have probably stepped in at the last minute.


Isn’t it usually whoever has presented London Tonight the back up when Mary is on an OB? If so it would make sense they’re there in the event Mary or whoever is scheduled for the Evening News can’t present at all or needs to come off mid bulletin
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JamesWorldNews7,880 posts since 22 Aug 2004
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Was there no one else in the building?

I was under the impression that there's always another presenter on standby, in case things like this happen.


There was an occasion on BBC News a number of years ago, when Anna Ford lost her voice, and Sophie Raworth had to take over.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2794683.stm

I would have said that had Mary's incident happened towards the start then whoever was on ITV London duty could have probably stepped in at the last minute.


That Ford piece reads almost like an Obit! For heavens sake, the lady just had a sore throat.
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Brekkie31,426 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Alot of assumptions there. There will always be a contingency plan when it comes to live programming and a presenter becoming unavailable at late notice or during the bulletin. It's not so bad for the earlier bulletins as generally the later presenters are already around by the time the preceeding bulletin goes to air, and I guess in ITV's case they always have the London presenter around for News at Ten anyway.

It doesn't happen that often though - can't think of any examples other than the Ford/Raworth switch mentioned earlier, though it did happen on Breakfast earlier this year when one host fell sick, but not too much of a problem when you have a co-hosted format.
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kernow1,257 posts since 18 Jan 2006
Alot of assumptions there. There will always be a contingency plan when it comes to live programming and a presenter becoming unavailable at late notice or during the bulletin.


Indeed. They have to plan for all eventualities, including someone calling in sick, their car breaking down, getting stuck in traffic, their train being cancelled or delayed, adverse weather conditions, personal circumstances, etc.