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New AF Neil online venture 'The Week in 60 Minutes'

Spectator Magazine launches hour long online programme

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Bananas
If you follow Andrew Neil on Twitter you’ll see that he has, in my view, completely given up on any veneer of impartiality recently. I can’t see how the BBC could have him back now that he has blatantly become a mouthpiece of The Spectator (who he’s Chairman of). When he was on the BBC regularly he seemed to downplay his role at The Spectator. The magazine, one of the oldest in the world, has increased its subscribers recently by going down quite a hard Brexit angle and is fro t and centre in trying to bring the culture wars to the U.K.


That's nice, but this is a TV Forum.
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all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If you follow Andrew Neil on Twitter you’ll see that he has, in my view, completely given up on any veneer of impartiality recently. I can’t see how the BBC could have him back now that he has blatantly become a mouthpiece of The Spectator (who he’s Chairman of). When he was on the BBC regularly he seemed to downplay his role at The Spectator. The magazine, one of the oldest in the world, has increased its subscribers recently by going down quite a hard Brexit angle and is fro t and centre in trying to bring the culture wars to the U.K.

Not sure I agree.
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Jon Recently warned Central (West) Midlands Today
If you follow Andrew Neil on Twitter you’ll see that he has, in my view, completely given up on any veneer of impartiality recently. I can’t see how the BBC could have him back now that he has blatantly become a mouthpiece of The Spectator (who he’s Chairman of). When he was on the BBC regularly he seemed to downplay his role at The Spectator. The magazine, one of the oldest in the world, has increased its subscribers recently by going down quite a hard Brexit angle and is fro t and centre in trying to bring the culture wars to the U.K.


That's nice, but this is a TV Forum.

Regardless of whether we agree with the point or not, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate discussion point for TV Forum to question the the tenability of one BBC’s senior political presenters.
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tightrope78 UTV Newsline
If you follow Andrew Neil on Twitter you’ll see that he has, in my view, completely given up on any veneer of impartiality recently. I can’t see how the BBC could have him back now that he has blatantly become a mouthpiece of The Spectator (who he’s Chairman of). When he was on the BBC regularly he seemed to downplay his role at The Spectator. The magazine, one of the oldest in the world, has increased its subscribers recently by going down quite a hard Brexit angle and is fro t and centre in trying to bring the culture wars to the U.K.


That's nice, but this is a TV Forum.

In the context of new DG Tim Davie apparently clamping down on the social media profiles of many BBC presenters, particularly news personalities, I think it is relevant.

And for context I am a huge fan of AN, but I think I've had enough.
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Bananas
Jon posted:
If you follow Andrew Neil on Twitter you’ll see that he has, in my view, completely given up on any veneer of impartiality recently. I can’t see how the BBC could have him back now that he has blatantly become a mouthpiece of The Spectator (who he’s Chairman of). When he was on the BBC regularly he seemed to downplay his role at The Spectator. The magazine, one of the oldest in the world, has increased its subscribers recently by going down quite a hard Brexit angle and is fro t and centre in trying to bring the culture wars to the U.K.


That's nice, but this is a TV Forum.

Regardless of whether we agree with the point or not, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate discussion point for TV Forum to question the the tenability of one BBC’s senior political presenters.


He wasn't though. (Nice try!) He was banging on about Brexit. No place for that here.
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elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
Just because that's the example given, doesn't mean it's about that centrally.
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globaltraffic24 Recently warned Central Reporting Scotland
Just watched a segment of the Spectator TV show. Looking at the figures, it’s performing pretty well, but they need to upgrade the production standards ASAP. Lockdown isn’t an excuse for the dire opening sequence and Andrew Neil should at least have a quality iPhone and lighting rig at home rather than hunching over a phone in a dark room with the pic quality you’d expect from a video call with your grandmother! That’s just my view though. I guess if they can monitise without spending even a penny then good on them.
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derek500 West Country (West) Points West
I assumed Andrew Neil was doing it from home, but Kate Andrews of The Spectator was sat in front of the same bookcase on Politics Live today.

So it comes from The Spectator's HQ, or Kate has moved in with Andrew (or vice versa)!!
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globaltraffic24 Recently warned Central Reporting Scotland
I assumed Andrew Neil was doing it from home, but Kate Andrews of The Spectator was sat in front of the same bookcase on Politics Live today.

So it comes from The Spectator's HQ, or Kate has moved in with Andrew (or vice versa)!!


It's quite hard to tell with the blurry video, but I got the impression in one of the episodes that they were using a keyed backdrop.
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chinamug UTV Newsline
On the first Edition, he was presenting from what I presume was his home in France, He had a clock on a table in the background which was on French Time. It's been Zoom Backgrounds since. It's a great idea for the magazine which knows it's market and they have more than enough on-air talent to do it, but they really need someone to handle the tech side.

29 days later

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Jon Recently warned Central (West) Midlands Today
Spectator TV’s production values seem to have stepped up massively.



I assume it’s still based around zoom? But it looks like proper chroma key and lighting being used.

Edit: I think, it’s a zoom meeting with local recordings made at many of the participants locations and edited in post.
Last edited by Jon on 24 October 2020 1:25pm

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