Breakfast News posted:
my problem seems to be that they are trying to polish it up too much...that was the loveablility of the old show....it was a bit rough around the edges, but that made it so endearing.
I agree. What I liked about the old format was how simple and effective it was.
Also, there seems to be less general business news at the start, and "Shaw's Shares" is now effectively cut down to about 20-30 seconds. I liked that bit the best as he enthusiastically went through the market summaries, then highlighted the companies reporting that day and told you a bit about all of their activities and how they performance was affected by normal everyday consumers.
My suspicion is that there is no-one there with that in-depth knowledge (almost geekiness) anymore. Declan's alright but in his interviews it seems like you're watching him and his mates talking rather than him being more on your side, getting the interviewee to give concise relevant answers.
Overall, not impressed. Too many people cluttering up the studio, and ther presenters don't really seem to lead. They could have kept the fish too - were easily recognisable as part of the show.
Just remembered this: They now refer to all correspondents with their surnames which makes it much less viewer friendly. So instead of "Here's Rob with more", or "Simon's been investigating", it's now "Here's our reporter Rob Pittam" or "Simon Gompertz has this report for us". Bleuch.