Back to the post from Schwing: yes, you’re right. I now recall (after you mentioned it) a rather unkempt last few moments of the One O’clock bulletin. For the life of me, though, I don’t recall who the presenter was, Anna or otherwise, but I do recall something being wrong.
Hmmmm, as I mentioned last night I was able to have a look at the 1 o clock from that day and as well as it not being Anna Ford, it didn't seem to end oddly, definitely not sombrely. Of course you'll have to take my word for it.
I wonder why Anna didn’t stay in the studio at the same seat/desk and continue with the Newsflash? Or, for logistical reasons at that time of the day, did another studio have to be used for the newsflash and no time for Anna Ford to get there, so Jennie Bond was put on air?
I imagine it was to get a 'name' to break the news. Like they do for massive stories like Diana, they get the big names in as they're familiar and more reassuring
Either way, it was a surreal day in British Television history. As a news junkie like most of you here too, having one of the nations most popular newscasters gunned down outside her home was - somehow - too hard to take.
I was at TVC that day, in fact I must arrived less than an hour after the news was announced. A colleague told me straight away but it didn't really mean anything to me, I couldn't even remember which presenter Dando was oddly, she'd obviously not made much impact on me.
An odd day at the BBC. I caught a bit of one of the studio recordings that evening and the presenter came out first to speak to the audience and address the elephant in the room and reassure them that they were thinking about what had happened and its OK to laugh at the show.