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Rolling News1,509 posts since 27 Dec 2015 Recently warned
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Charlotte is presenting this morning but using a laptop on the right hand seat of the desk. The original desk in 2014 (and I assume subsequent shrinking) had under the desk monitors for all four position, but would the TVC set not have been fitted with one as (in normal situations) it is rarely used by a main presenter? Has Susanna also used a laptop when sitting there?

No Susanna hasn't been using a laptop, this morning was the first time. Must either be a technical issue or Charlotte trying to look hip and trendy like Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News who needlessly uses a laptop in Studio E of Broadcasting House.
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DanielK3,494 posts since 1 Oct 2011
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Charlotte is presenting this morning but using a laptop on the right hand seat of the desk. The original desk in 2014 (and I assume subsequent shrinking) had under the desk monitors for all four position, but would the TVC set not have been fitted with one as (in normal situations) it is rarely used by a main presenter? Has Susanna also used a laptop when sitting there?

No Susanna hasn't been using a laptop, this morning was the first time. Must either be a technical issue or Charlotte trying to look hip and trendy like Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News who needlessly uses a laptop in Studio E of Broadcasting House.

Susanna uses an iPad.
natoswald134 posts since 24 Feb 2016
Charlotte is presenting this morning but using a laptop on the right hand seat of the desk. The original desk in 2014 (and I assume subsequent shrinking) had under the desk monitors for all four position, but would the TVC set not have been fitted with one as (in normal situations) it is rarely used by a main presenter? Has Susanna also used a laptop when sitting there?

Susanna hasn’t used a laptop at all, and neither has Ranvir. Charlotte has used one every Friday she’s presented.
I think because she’s used to using a computer when in the newsreader role, as it allows her to be able to keep an eye on newswires, Twitter ect.
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chris4,386 posts since 6 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
Charlotte is presenting this morning but using a laptop on the right hand seat of the desk. The original desk in 2014 (and I assume subsequent shrinking) had under the desk monitors for all four position, but would the TVC set not have been fitted with one as (in normal situations) it is rarely used by a main presenter? Has Susanna also used a laptop when sitting there?

No Susanna hasn't been using a laptop, this morning was the first time. Must either be a technical issue or Charlotte trying to look hip and trendy like Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News who needlessly uses a laptop in Studio E of Broadcasting House.


That’s quite the aggressive post for a laptop... for all you know she may have back or sight difficulties.

Can’t imagine those built-in monitors are the easiest to read - you often see newsreaders hunching over.
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noggin14,949 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Charlotte is presenting this morning but using a laptop on the right hand seat of the desk. The original desk in 2014 (and I assume subsequent shrinking) had under the desk monitors for all four position, but would the TVC set not have been fitted with one as (in normal situations) it is rarely used by a main presenter? Has Susanna also used a laptop when sitting there?

No Susanna hasn't been using a laptop, this morning was the first time. Must either be a technical issue or Charlotte trying to look hip and trendy like Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News who needlessly uses a laptop in Studio E of Broadcasting House.


Why is accessing a newsroom computer when you are a news presenter needless? News presenters usually want to keep across wires, pre-read and approve/rewrite scripts if required etc., particularly on long shows where you can't read, check and rewrite everything before you go on-air. Charlotte's used to being a newsreader - where bulletins will often be being rewritten whilst she's on-set. It's basic professionalism to pre-read a script in advance of reading it on Autocue, if it's possible to do so, to check the sense of the stories, work out where the tone needs to change, and also to check any surprise names that may require pronunciation advice.

iPads are great for checking basic running order stuff, but if you want to rewrite, top line message a producer etc. then a keyboard is a much more sensible option.

Different people have different display screen equipment requirements - and some may just chose to use a laptop out of preference. It's hardly an odd thing for a news presenter to have with them on-screen. It's a major tool for actually doing their job.

Sure integrated monitors can be preferable - but if you are a more intensive user (the integrated screens are not suitable for heavy use), or have vision issues that mean those screens cause you eyestrain (they are usually very dim) then providing a laptop would seem to me to be a non-issue?
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RDJ2,980 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
Lorraine confirmed at the end of today's show that she'll be here all next week.


Lorraine is a machine. She's not taken any time off through all of this. You never know with Kate not currently available she might even take to presenting the main programme as well on Friday.

Lorraine does tend to step up when needed. She stepped up to host This Morning after ten years since she last presented it when most of the cast went to attend Denise Robertson's funeral.
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all new Phil3,751 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Lorraine confirmed at the end of today's show that she'll be here all next week.


Lorraine is a machine. She's not taken any time off through all of this. You never know with Kate not currently available she might even take to presenting the main programme as well on Friday.

Lorraine does tend to step up when needed. She stepped up to host This Morning after ten years since she last presented it when most of the cast went to attend Denise Robertson's funeral.

Plenty of people working a lot more hours than Lorraine and her 10am finish each day.
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JKDerry2,571 posts since 15 Oct 2016
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Lorraine confirmed at the end of today's show that she'll be here all next week.


Lorraine is a machine. She's not taken any time off through all of this. You never know with Kate not currently available she might even take to presenting the main programme as well on Friday.

Lorraine does tend to step up when needed. She stepped up to host This Morning after ten years since she last presented it when most of the cast went to attend Denise Robertson's funeral.

Plenty of people working a lot more hours than Lorraine and her 10am finish each day.

Yes, but the world of television is not the real world anyway - even Piers acknowledge this, saying they get paid huge salaries for very little work - indeed Piers has a great contract ITV, on a three day week - as I said before, he is on the Johnny Carson TV deal because he can - pure luck.