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AJB3952 posts since 10 Aug 2019 new member
Very Sad News. He was an excellent journalist and broadcaster. I thought at the time that the whole Burgundy tie Queen Mother controversy was ridiculously overblown and I still feel that way now. I felt very sorry for him at how badly he was treated afterwards. His career never recovered from it. May he rest in peace.
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kernow1,327 posts since 18 Jan 2006
There was a relatively brief mention on the BBC News at Six.

The ITV Evening News has just shown a longer report, including an interview with Trevor McDonald.
Rolling News845 posts since 27 Dec 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Very sad and shocking news. I never really saw him on mainstream bulletins as I was only 11 in 2003 when he stopped doing them but have seen plenty of clips of him online and he was a master of his profession. A style and delivery which many of today's newsreaders could only dream of. I know he didn't really suit News 24 and fumbled his way through weekend afternoons but theres no denying he was a spectacular newsreader.
Markymark7,091 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
and Channel 4 have just put the first ever channel 4 news online as a tribute to him, here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_uY4-iQ64


RIP Peter

Two interesting things in that video for me, I could have sworn the present C4 News theme music was used from day 1, which clearly it wasn't, and secondly of course C4 was more or less 'ITV 2' (in a BBC 2 way) back then, so a lengthy plug from Martyn Lewis for that night's NaT
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London Lite10,710 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
and Channel 4 have just put the first ever channel 4 news online as a tribute to him, here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_uY4-iQ64

RIP Peter

Two interesting things in that video for me, I could have sworn the present C4 News theme music was used from day 1, which clearly it wasn't


Wikipedia claims "a few months after launch" which would make it early 1983.

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VMPhil9,844 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
and Channel 4 have just put the first ever channel 4 news online as a tribute to him, here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_uY4-iQ64


RIP Peter

Two interesting things in that video for me, I could have sworn the present C4 News theme music was used from day 1, which clearly it wasn't, and secondly of course C4 was more or less 'ITV 2' (in a BBC 2 way) back then, so a lengthy plug from Martyn Lewis for that night's NaT

Creamguide did a 'Newsnight vs Channel 4 News' feature a few months back which details that the early C4 News was considered a bit of a disaster, and changes were made very quickly, including ditching the original theme tune. Scroll down a bit on this page: https://mailchi.mp/8f22d8be21ec/creamguide-27th-july-2nd-august-2019
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Closedown106 posts since 23 Nov 2014
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
and Channel 4 have just put the first ever channel 4 news online as a tribute to him, here is the link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni_uY4-iQ64


RIP Peter

Two interesting things in that video for me, I could have sworn the present C4 News theme music was used from day 1, which clearly it wasn't, and secondly of course C4 was more or less 'ITV 2' (in a BBC 2 way) back then, so a lengthy plug from Martyn Lewis for that night's NaT


I think that belief re the C4 News theme is quite widespread - shades of those who think Trumpets and Trombones was the original Calendar theme...
bkman19901,295 posts since 29 Jan 2012
UTV Newsline
I only just heard this now. That is really sad news about Peter Sissons. He was a great newsreader on the BBC. That is the only period of time that I will remember him on screen because I am too young to remember him on ITN & Channel 4 News. May he RIP. He was great talent & asset to the BBC. I will miss him.
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