Not that I ever watch Five News but it seems strange that Kirtsy Young won’t be presenting it anymore… I always thought she was alright as a presenter. It’s just Five "News" I’m not too keen on.
There’s a great blog at MediaGuardian.co.uk if you get a chance to read it. My favourite bit is in assesing Kirsty Young’s legacy they say:
If imitation was a form of flattery, then Five’s ITN-produced news programme was very flattered indeed. First up with Channel 4 News’s reinvention with a brightly coloured studio and "soft area" – AKA a sofa – where Jon Snow could conduct his interviews.
On BBC1 and ITV presenters gradually came out from behind their desks to present the news standing up, while Sky News took it to its illogical conclusion two years ago with an ill-fated relaunch that saw no fewer than three different presenters stood up around a single desk, like drinkers in a crowded bar unable to find a seat.
Sounds about right to me…
Does anyone think her desk perching has made a decent impact on British broadcast news or has it just put an emphasis on style over substance?