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JamesWorldNews7,523 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World
Johnathan is moving to weekends and I think doing Mark Austin's slot at weekends


Interesting move. I wonder if this is broadly considered as a promotion or a demotion. What’s your view and do you expect to see more changes to the line up?

In all honesty, who would you rate as your top three Sky Newsreaders?
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BFGArmy185 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
Good change - Jonathan seemed a good enough newsreader but never seemed to really fit Sunrise.
Niall was brilliant in his stint filling in for Sophy Ridge and has more than deserved a role on a big show. He's been really good on the odd occasions I've seen him standing in on weekend Sunrise.

I do hope we see weekday Sunrise move back to being 2 presenters - there's not much point one presenter being there to read headlines for a few minutes an hour (I know it was sort of like that with Eamonn/Charlotte back in the day but she was more involved with the show than Jonathan has been recently with Sarah-Jane) and the weekend format works far better.
BFGArmy185 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
Johnathan is moving to weekends and I think doing Mark Austin's slot at weekends


Interesting move. I wonder if this is broadly considered as a promotion or a demotion. What’s your view and do you expect to see more changes to the line up?

In all honesty, who would you rate as your top three Sky Newsreaders?


When Isabel Webster returns from maternity leave, you'd presume there'd be yet more anchor musical chairs since Gillian is currently in Isabel's weekend Sunrise position and previously Gillian had her own weekend slot.

In terms of Sky's best presenters, I do find I prefer the weekend team normally to weekdays (probably because I see more of the channel at the weekend than during weekday daytimes).

The ones who particularly stick out are Gillian Joseph, Anna Jones and Niall Paterson for me - they seem to get the balance just right between making the news the focus and also showing some personality. Anna Botting is great too and Tom Macleod stands out among the newbies.
Last edited by BFGArmy on 13 September 2018 11:40am
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TTRWE38 posts since 9 Jul 2018
UTV BBC World
Have to say I'm surprised to see Jonathan Samuels get such a high profile shift. The new line-up makes some very positive changes but that is not one of them.

I think he's an excellent correspondent but I've never taken to him as a presenter, same with Sophy Ridge. Both of them have excellent skill sets, but not ideally suited to hours of rolling news presenting to me.