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Spencer For Hire5,838 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Piers gets a lot of slack but he's more than qualified and a very good interviewer. I still think 'You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous!' and The Dark Side of Fame which he did for the BBC were superior to Life Stories.


I'll admit he's good at his long-form interviews and gets a lot out of his guests on such programmes. But much of his interviewing on GMB seems to involve shouting at, and over his interviewee and obsessing over one point which very often is a side-issue to the matter in hand, like some kind of Poundland Paxman.

I often feel the purpose of his interviews isn't to find out anything new, but just to make him look clever and the interviewee look stupid, whilst Susanna sits there mute, rolling her eyes.

I may be on my own here, but I don't believe aggressive interviewing is good interviewing.
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JKDerry1,603 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline

Well put. Some may not agree with his style but he's more qualified then some who appear on television.

As Piers has said on air regarding Trump, there's no point going in looking for confrontation because that'll be the last time he gives an interview to you. You can ask questions on numerous topics, as he has done, without going in like you're working for the prosecution which a fair number of journalists do these days.

I put "journalist" in quotes, as some people would disagree that Mr Morgan is a proper journalist, just a muckraker. His involvement in the phone hacking scandals also gives me some leeway in my attitude to Mr Morgan.


On that logic maybe you should perhaps also have referred to "President" Trump? Smile

You know what, I think I will, since Trump lost the popular vote and only gained the presidency through their pathetic electoral college system.
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Markymark6,734 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I put "journalist" in quotes, as some people would disagree that Mr Morgan is a proper journalist, just a muckraker. His involvement in the phone hacking scandals also gives me some leeway in my attitude to Mr Morgan.


On that logic maybe you should perhaps also have referred to "President" Trump? Smile

You know what, I think I will, since Trump lost the popular vote and only gained the presidency through their pathetic electoral college system.


It's the same system that every other president has been elected to office with.

Jon Sopel's book ' If only they didn't speak English' which I'm halfway through is a good read.
Sopel blames (if that's a neutral enough word in this context) the US media in part for Trump's rise to power, they were
obsessed by him in during the election campaign, broadcasting live every speech and rant he made.
As they always used to say; 'Don't feed the trolls'
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Reece24282 posts since 16 Mar 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
This morning's show is an example of how GMB could run on time. Full openers on every hour, three proper news bulletins a decent length entertainment and sports item, celebrity guest(s), and the usual debates, human interest stories and politics - they still retained the 'Golden 10 Minutes' at 6am (which has gradually slipped to 20 minutes in recent weeks).
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Aaron_20151,097 posts since 11 Mar 2015
Westcountry Spotlight
Richard Madeley presenting is utterly disastrous, but it’s strangely quite watchable (even if he did manage to swear twice this morning...). From the bits I saw, Charlotte still isn’t quite sure how to handle him yet.

There’s something quite unique about Madeley; when he opens his mouth he could be about to make brilliant TV, or he could be about to appear for the final time.
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Whataday9,936 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
It would help if they paired him with a presenter that had an ounce of charisma. He needs someone to put him in his place from time to time.

I was trying to think of a suitable pairing (that they could afford) and came up with Kate Thornton on the grounds that she has the confidence to clap back at Madeley if he needs it. I remember the days of Pop Idol Extra where she cut through Simon Cowell's pomp with no nonsense and on Loose Women she was great at handling news topics, so she could handle the debates GMB have confidently.
freddied056581 posts since 29 Dec 2016
Meridian (South) South Today
Richard Madeley presenting is utterly disastrous, but it’s strangely quite watchable (even if he did manage to swear twice this morning...). From the bits I saw, Charlotte still isn’t quite sure how to handle him yet.

There’s something quite unique about Madeley; when he opens his mouth he could be about to make brilliant TV, or he could be about to appear for the final time.

I think the GMB team are used to it.
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