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Neil Jones5,441 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.
mannewskev514 posts since 2 Sep 2011
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


I think his walk off was entirely justified, considering what he was confronted with. A shooting in a gay club not a targeted homophobic attack? Just outrageous.
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Markymark6,979 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


Before Sky News he was a presenter of BBC South Today, he suddenly left there too, without an on air mention, the local papers claimed he was doing voice over work for radio ads, which they (the BBC) 'frowned upon'
London Lite10,588 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


Before Sky News he was a presenter of BBC South Today, he suddenly left there too, without an on air mention, the local papers claimed he was doing voice over work for radio ads, which they (the BBC) 'frowned upon'


I was about to say that Longhurst was also on TV:am in 1989, but I think this was before Sky took over the contract when TV:am made the news team redundant before the franchise moved to GMTV.
Neil Jones5,441 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


Before Sky News he was a presenter of BBC South Today, he suddenly left there too, without an on air mention, the local papers claimed he was doing voice over work for radio ads, which they (the BBC) 'frowned upon'


I was about to say that Longhurst was also on TV:am in 1989, but I think this was before Sky took over the contract when TV:am made the news team redundant before the franchise moved to GMTV.


He was at TV-AM as late as 1991 because IIRC he covered the Gulf War for the station. That "ran" (for want of a better verb) until Feb 28th 1991 and the new TV licences were announced in October of the same year. There is a clip on YouTube from December 30th 1991 featuring Longhurst so I think its safe to assume he was there until they closed their news room in (I think) February 1992?

I know Lisa Aziz appeared on the TV-am bulletins after they flogged the operation but I can't remember who else appeared on screen for the days when she wasn't there, presumably other presenters from Sky News?
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Whataday10,057 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


I think his walk off was entirely justified, considering what he was confronted with. A shooting in a gay club not a targeted homophobic attack? Just outrageous.


I don't think his walk off it was justified. The others during the discussion (Longhurst and Julia Hartley-Brewer) both acknowledged it was a homophobic attack but were talking about the attack in the broader context of this being another terrorist attack on the western world when Jones intervened.

Jones wanted to push his agenda and was given ample time to speak without interruption, yet when the others spoke he shut them down, talking over them and said "you don't understand because you're not gay" which as a gay man made me shudder.

My personal view is that he walked off because Hartley-Brewer called out his behaviour and put him firmly in check, which left him more visibly seething than the earlier part of the conversation.
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mannewskev514 posts since 2 Sep 2011
Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


I think his walk off was entirely justified, considering what he was confronted with. A shooting in a gay club not a targeted homophobic attack? Just outrageous.


I don't think his walk off it was justified. The others during the discussion (Longhurst and Julia Hartley-Brewer) both acknowledged it was a homophobic attack but were talking about the attack in the broader context of this being another terrorist attack on the western world when Jones intervened.

Jones wanted to push his agenda and was given ample time to speak without interruption, yet when the others spoke he shut them down, talking over them and said "you don't understand because you're not gay" which as a gay man made me shudder.

My personal view is that he walked off because Hartley-Brewer called out his behaviour and put him firmly in check, which left him more visibly seething than the earlier part of the conversation.


I think the article below summarises it fairly well: "...a paper review in which (Mark Longhurst) appeared to downplay the homophobic aspects of the Orlando massacre." As I said previously, just outrageous, and I think Owen's walk off was entirely justified.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/aug/19/mark-longhurst-sky-news-owen-jones-orlando
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Charlie Wells3,784 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I've removed a number of subsequent posts which deviated from the original thread subject. Please could we move on from discussion linked (in some cases rather loosely) to the Owen Jones walk off.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer