Very strange - I was expecting here in Howden to receive Look North Hull and Calendar's opt-outs from Hull, and it looks like I have Christa and co.
I watched both Calendar and Look North last night, and was impressed by both news magazines. Most of Calendar's reports were live OBs, with most of the reporters in jackets branded prominently with the YTV corporate logo unchanged since 1969!
They had Jon Mitchell in the studio talking about the floods, surprised they had no sports news (does Stephen le Fevre still present the local sport on YTV?) but good to see a London link up with Dan Bryan. And I realise that Christine Talbot is not the same female presenter I saw last week...
Compared to UTV Live, Calendar has a better flow, and an equally pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Shame the blue/yellow set is a bit vulgar but that's corporate ITV for you.
As for Look North, I'm already a fan of Christa Ackroyd. Her presenting style is warm, friendly, when she thanks viewers for tuning in to Look North she comes across as sincere and in touch with the audience, and has the right mix of formal presentation and regional flavour, and she doesn't take herself too seriously as shown by her fluffing her lines last night!
Good to see despite my confusion over which BBC regional news service I'll be watching, I still have Paul Hudson presenting the weather in his inimitable, precise style. Unlike BBC Newsline which I feel to be more contrived and gets the balance between news presentation and regional events and features wrong, the mix on Look North works better.
Shame the set is still clinging on to the 1999 BBC News look, coming from a revamped Newsline I thought I'd seen the last of beige circular panels!
(OT - I'm settling in well to the job at the PA - editing the TV listings! Great job, and I love the area, I think I'm already developing a Northern accent)