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Inspector Sands13,966 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Spencer For Hire posted:
Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com is an interesting one. Does anyone know what he gets out of it? AIUI the website is non profit making and doesn't carry advertising. Does he just get off on getting his face on the telly?


The website does generate income, but not through advertising, as he owns it I'd assume he takes a good wage from it.
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/site/moneysavingexpert-finance

Also remember that when an expert like Simon Calder, Martin Lewis or Chris Yates appears on a news programme they do get paid - they aren't just doing it to get their faces/voices on TV
Inspector Sands13,966 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Spencer For Hire posted:

She's the Director of Liberty. But there are other civil liberty pressure groups out there. Not that you'd know it.


Shami Chakrabati is a diffrent case to Calder/Yates/Lewis. She's usually representing her organisation rather than being an expert called in to on a subject. It's the same with Edmund King

When Simon Calder appears, he's not appearing on behalf of The Independent. He's there because there's story about aviation which needs an expert.

Of course there are times when Shami will be asked in as an expert or as a talking head - for example to do a paper review
DVB Cornwall8,656 posts since 4 Dec 2003
I've no issues whatsoever with these people appearing. I'd rather see people who know what they're talking about and can present the facts in a three minute slot rather than some amateur in their place.
Bresca70 posts since 23 Jun 2007
newswatcher posted:
Stock Exchange/Finance: HENK POTTS. And he's pretty dreadful TBH.

(Everyone's second choice if Justin E-S is busy)


Not to mention David Buik, Ruth Lea and George Buckley (Deutsche Bank).
Dupont Circle21 posts since 22 Jun 2007
Markymark posted:
Col posted:
Are Shami Chakrabati and Reeta Chakrabati related? I can't find any evidence to suggest they are.


I saw somewhere on the BBC website a declaration that they are not, which surprises me.


According to Wikipedia, Chakraborty/Chakrabarti is quite a common Bengali surname.
Roger Mellie2,739 posts since 28 May 2006
Col posted:
For those of us in Yorkshire or unfamiliar with the Yorks and Lincs thread...

Dickie Bird anyone? Smile


Laughing At least you didn't do the impression Wink There was a time that Rosemary Conley was never off Central News East, appearing for the most tenuous of reasons.

On a national level, Arthur Edwards is increasingly used to comment on Royal stories I note-- a sort of latterday Jame Whittaker.
themagicmonkey145 posts since 1 Apr 2005
Dupont Circle posted:
Markymark posted:
Col posted:
Are Shami Chakrabati and Reeta Chakrabati related? I can't find any evidence to suggest they are.


I saw somewhere on the BBC website a declaration that they are not, which surprises me.


According to Wikipedia, Chakraborty/Chakrabarti is quite a common Bengali surname.


Surely, as they are non-white furriners, they are almost certainly related by their cousin's forced marriage? I mean they look like they might come from India or somewhere round there originally, and we all know there are only 7 people in Bangladesh. Rolling Eyes
Showbizguru322 posts since 7 Apr 2004
Shami Chakrabati is the default interviewee of all the balding,thirty-something Hackney-living,sandal-wearing producers at the BBC.
She ticks all the boxes of the things that float their boat.
She's black,a woman,intelligent with a surname that sounds like the main course of marinaded donkey meat in a Peruvian fast-food outlet and good looking.
I like her.
Pete9,045 posts since 18 Jun 2001
I read your post and without looking at the name guessed exactly who wrote it because it was so obvious in a daily mail manner.

Do I get a prize?