Monday, April 24, 2006

Jeremy Paxman to Present News at Ten?

An absolutely brilliantly incisive article by Bryan Appleyard in yesterday's Sunday Times Culture Section. This was the headline: BRITISH TELEVISION NEWS IS DULL AND LACKS SUBSTANCE. IN AMERICA ANCHORS HAVE AUTHORITY AND ZEST. WHY WON'T THE BBC JOIN THE WINNING SIDE? He suggests Jeremy Paxman should take over the Ten O'Clock News. It really is worth reading in full. Click HERE.

6 comments:

Bryan Appleyard said...

Thanis, Iain.
Bryan

Chris Palmer said...

"BRITISH TELEVISION NEWS IS DULL AND LACKS SUBSTANCE..." and is biased as hell.

St Ella of Artois said...

Well at least ITV News is well known for being biased, unlike Newsnight: http://www.liberalreview.com/blogs/apollo/vote_blue_go_green_is_luntz_on_c

Henry Whitmarsh said...

Yes, just what we need. Paxman, Marr and Wark together with the Today team controlling the 6 and 10 news shows.

Henry Whitmarsh said...

...not forgetting Marr's marriage to Jackie Ashley (she of the NewStatesman and The Guardian) and Wark's close relationship with the former First Minister of Scotland. Still, I'm sure they're both consumate professionals and would never dream ect ect ect

barbara worth said...

Iain

I enjoyed this article when I saw it on Sunday and agree it warrants wider discussion. Somewhat O/T I must say I was favourably impressed by Sir Trevor MacDonald's performance on "Have I got news for you" last night.

(Sample:

TM to Lembit O- "You were quoted as saying that sport is something you enjoy alone. Did you say that?"

LO (worried): "Er, yes."

TM: "Interesting. I thought most Lib Dems like to involve at least two other people.")

He obviously enjoyed being unchained from the autocue.