I’m not entirely convinced about Sky’s tendancy to use some presenters for more than one reason. For example, Juliette Foster is used for main news presenting, as well as substituting for business news. Although I think she is good at both.
Steve Gaisford is a Sports presenter, and also fills in for main news bulletins.
Martin Popplewell, news presenter/reporter.
This may just be my opinion, but I think it gives the impression they are regularly short of presenters for different roles. I think they should have specific teams for the different news types, and stick with it. If a presenter or reporter wants to cross over, let them, but they should stick with it rather than constantly switching back and forth.
I think it’s alright. As long as they can communicate with the viewers as well in either role then I can’t see any problem. In the case of Steve Gaisford there is not much difference between when he does the sport and when he works on regular news bulletins. I think they all do rather well.
I have to admit that I do feel uncomfortable when seeing “serious” newscasters presenting the like of that pap that Kay Burley did on Sky One recently – the thing about women who brought down male politicians.
I really like seeing people have more than one role. If you watch CBS you often find a reporter like John Roberts covering stories from the White House one week and then presenting their Prime Time news programme the next.
Greg Milam has a similar role on Sky News but we’re seeing less and less of him in the studio now. Shame because i really liked his style and would have thought they’d get him presenting at least a couple of days a week.
I notice there’s a few people that have Steve Gaisford down as Sportsline presenter in their fantasy line up but not included in any other programmes. I think i’d rather see him on one of the new programmes and then escape the studio on some of the bigger sports stories of the year. Then we’ll get to see the best of what he does all year long. Good idea?
Sky have as of yet not been tempted to use their weather presenters like GMTV do. I know they pop up from time to time at flower shows or somewhere where the weather’s nice but do you think they’ll use some of the better ones for more light hearted stories in the relaunch?
I basically think if you’re good enough to do two or more jobs then that’s great. It keeps the presenter line up looking fresh and avoids us seeing the same people on for hours at a time. I can’t wait to see how they utilise people on the new programmes. How radical do we think it will be?
I think that Juliette Foster is great, whether it be news or biz news she is covering, however, I am not convinced of Steve Gaisford. Don’t get me wrong, I think he is good at both roles, but I just don’t connect with him when he is presenting, but that’s just my opinion.
I wouldn’t like to see any of the weather presenters venture out to far from the bubble of weather duties, except perhaps for things like desination/travel, traffic and similar liked functions.
With regards to sports presenters, I quite like Alec Wilkinson, he seems friendly relaxed, and I prefer his presenting style. I would quite like to see him make a transition to news presenting.
If I were to choose someone to front a Sportsline type programme, it would have to be Kirsty Gallacher. I used to love watching sports bulletins when she was on, and it wasn’t for the sport.
RoxyM+Jun 14 2005, 07:49 PM–>(RoxyM @ Jun 14 2005, 07:49 PM) Sky have as of yet not been tempted to use their weather presenters like GMTV do. I know they pop up from time to time at flower shows or somewhere where the weather’s nice but do you think they’ll use some of the better ones for more light hearted stories in the relaunch?
I know Sky do it occasionally, and I’m sure with Wimbledon here once again that we’ll see someone like Francis or Steff or even Lisa down at SW19 to report on the weather for us.