So the production team aren’t to blame here for me, it’s the presenter who has let the standards slip.
Both are IMHO. Sky have let it slip today.
They've done a great PR job recently with Sky News Raw, which allowed us to see how they perform, but they got it wrong today, majorly. It deserves a review of how and who should conduct interviews if the presenter is duly biased. For example being a landlord or having a connection to the interviewee.
Well I can only speak about this one incident but I think most presenters will have a point of view on most issues based on their own experiences the point is they should be able to interview anyone without showing their personal feelings. Renting out property is not that an uncommon a thing and even less uncommon amongst high earners so it’s entirely feasible the interview might have not been conducted at all under your conditions.
And where do you draw the line? Should being a parent stop someone conducting a debate about smacking?
I’m sure newsreaders have all sorts of connections and viewpoints to stories they cover all the time that we don’t realise because the presenter is doing their job properly. Clearly in this case Secker was not.
What this incident has shown is the gulf between the middle class high earning tv presenter who happens to rent out properties to people who earn much less than she earns from her tv work and her other business as a landlady. It creates an even bigger gap between the personalities who inform viewers of the news and their audience who aren't all ABC1. Ant and Dec may be earning shed loads from ITV, but they haven't forgotten their working class roots when they entertain viewers.
To ensure due impartiality, the presenter should have declared that she is a landlord and been removed from the interview, along with the production team being aware of her other business activities to ensure this incident wouldn't have happened.
What they could have done to keep Secker as moderator is to invite a guest who represents landlords, which may have led to her not being biased in her questioning of the tenant. Again, this is an issue that the production team should have raised at the meeting before the bulletin went out.