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  • MARKYMARK
    MARKYMARK
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    Saw her present Five news the other day…..wow!!!

    She should get a permanent slot on Sky news, did anyone else see her…..great presentation style, beautiful to boot!!!

    What more could you want??

    #19367
    Crazyfj
    crazyfj
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    i think she is with Five now full-time

    #30609
    Wolverine
    wolverine
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    BUENA SERA A TUTTI !

    #30610
    Sky.dub
    sky.dub
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    crazyfj+Jul 26 2005, 05:43 PM(crazyfj @ Jul 26 2005, 05:43 PM)

    i think she is with Five now full-time

    Awe I thought she was very comprehensive and watchable!

    #30611
    Skyspy
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    Oh I really hope not – I dont like her accent or her poor english . It reminds me of “Paola Scorchio ” !

    I hope Five get someone else in soonish.

    i think she is with Five now full-time

    #30612
    Daved2424
    daved2424
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    What do you mean poor english? She is english!

    #30613
    Dodrade
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    daved2424+Jul 28 2005, 12:44 AM(daved2424 @ Jul 28 2005, 12:44 AM)

    What do you mean poor english? She is english!

    No way, you’re taking the mickey.

    #30614
    Daved2424
    daved2424
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    Her dad is Italian, I think.

    #30615
    Rob237
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    daved2424+Jul 27 2005, 11:44 PM(daved2424 @ Jul 27 2005, 11:44 PM)

    What do you mean poor english? She is english!

    Born in Milan, brought up in Denmark……

    #30616
    Dodrade
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    rob237+Jul 29 2005, 04:57 PM(rob237 @ Jul 29 2005, 04:57 PM)

    daved2424+Jul 27 2005, 11:44 PM(daved2424 @ Jul 27 2005, 11:44 PM)

    What do you mean poor english? She is english!

    Born in Milan, brought up in Denmark……

    ….accent from central casting?

    #30617
    Rob237
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    dodrade+Aug 1 2005, 02:45 PM(dodrade @ Aug 1 2005, 02:45 PM)

    ….accent from central casting?

    Errrr, no! Her accent is defnitely NOT pure english! There is an Italian and mid-atlantic twang to it which one minute makes you think she’s american, the next “anglo-european” – very disconcerting. Didn’t like it at all and very off-putting and diverting. I suppose it works well enough for 2-miute reports from somewhere in Europe – but on Channel Five news reports it’s awful!

    Only Anjali has the cut-glass English pronunciation that aids news delivery, imho.

    Cheers, Phae.

    #30618
    Stephen
    Stephen
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    A colleague who has media contacts told me that Barbara Serra used to present the BBC’s London regional news on television but was taken off air because of her accent. There had been a lot of viewers complaining that it was distracting. I am not surprised. It is very distracting over the course of a whole bulletin. I like the clarity of Kirsty Young.

    #30619
    HBox
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    I hope this isn’t the case. I cannot believe people would be so ignorant. She can speak English perfectly, better than some other english people for that matter. So what if she has a different accent, by this standard that means anyone with an Irish, Scottish or northern accent of any kind should not be on TV preseting the news. This of course is absolutley riduclous.

    Can you imagine the outrage many people would have if Lisa Burke the weather presenter was removed because her accent was ‘distracting’.

    Barbera Serra is a professional and fairly skilled presenter and reporter.

    Britain is a multicultural society, with many different accents, looks and colours. I think it would be apalling if aspects of our culture other than the ‘traditional southern english’ accent/appearance, are not represented with the same significance.

    #30620
    Gillw
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    According to today’s Sunday Mirror, Barbara is Italian, but born and raised in Denmark.

    She speaks Danish, Italian, French and English.

    #30621
    Rob237
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    HBox+Aug 13 2005, 06:12 PM(HBox @ Aug 13 2005, 06:12 PM)

    Britain is a multicultural society, with many different accents, looks and colours. I think it would be apalling if aspects of our culture other than the ‘traditional southern english’ accent/appearance, are not represented with the same significance.

    Hey there HBox, this reply of yours is not up to your usual standard.

    I / We are not saying that because she does not have a South/London/RP type accent we don’t accept her – it is that her accent is (1) distracting (2) all over the place!

    I am happy to listen to lots of regional presenter accents – I find Scottish (educated Edinburgh/Glasgow – e.g. Eddie Mair, Nicky Campbell, etc.) often turns out to be especially “good” and aids clarity/comnprehension, for example.

    Yes, Barbara seems to be a competent reporter/presenter – but her particular – Euro/Anglo/mid-atlantic accent – which one minute is UK, the next Italian, then next is suddenly mid-atlantic – is DISTRACTING and you find yourself listening to HOW she speaks and not WHAT she says !!!

    She is best used, imho, as an on-site reporter – and NOT in the Five News (or sky News) anchor desk!!! Get her off!

    I can well believe BBC regional news took her off – she is NOT cut-out for a news anchor presenters job – well not until she has some elocution/voice coaching to make her voice: (1) CONSISTENT and (2) NON-DISTRACTING !

    I also talk about Barbara Serra here on the Anjali thread page 14 (page 14 link here):

    http://newsforums.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=411&st=143http://newsforums.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=411&st=143>

    There, I’ve said my piece!

    Cheers, Phae.

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