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    Posted by juxie (U15771512) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    would anyone else like to see some new young presenters on the bbc? I know I would! I am tired of the same old faces it makes the programmes feel as though I have seen them before. I have nothing against Kate Humble but am not watching BBC2 at 8 as I am fed up of seeing her present yet another programme that I would otherwise have watched. Loved Bill Oddie on springwatch by the way.

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Same goes for Matt Baker. Nice enough bloke, but a bit irritating.

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    Posted by mirandashell (U1946590) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Why do they have to be young?

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    Posted by germinator hebdo (U13411914) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Presumably it is easier to teach young persons to speak 'Presenterese'.

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    Posted by silvery (U8422462) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Presumably it is easier to teach young persons to speak 'Presenterese'.  And to use all those annoying hand gestures that make them look like puppets on a string.

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    Posted by DaveM (U15771568) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    I agree, also nothing against Kate Humble, but doesnt she and the bbc understand that having the same presenter on seemingly every show just makes it all feel very boring. A few days ago she knew nothing about airports, now she knows nothing about the sun, appearing continuously puzzled is not very informative or interesting.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Why do they have to be young?  Indeed, new old faces can do the job too.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Same goes for Matt Baker. Nice enough bloke, but a bit irritating.  And another one overused for me is Dan Snow.

    We don't necessarily need young ones just good ones who know about the subjects not just career presenters

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    Posted by Sam (U15466226) on Sunday, 23rd June 2013

    Personally I'd prefer to have a presenter who knows what they're talking about, rather than them being hired for being a 'pretty face'.

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    Posted by MsA (U14389417) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    would anyone else like to see some new young presenters on the bbc? I know I would! I am tired of the same old faces it makes the programmes feel as though I have seen them before. I have nothing against Kate Humble but am not watching BBC2 at 8 as I am fed up of seeing her present yet another programme that I would otherwise have watched. Loved Bill Oddie on springwatch by the way.  I like Kate Humble enormously. But the point you make is a good one. The BBC is very fond of recruiting someone, exposing them to the camera and, if they do a good job and are otherwise "the right kind of person", over-using them. It's because they become a type of brand for the BBC. It is only the BBC that does this kind of thing to this degree. So in the end everything becomes a croney show. It becomes quite boring for viewers. Dragons' Den is a case in point. Peter Jones will now no doubt become another BBC croney. So it's just a matter of time before he gets his own chat show. It's all so predictable.

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    Posted by therevolution666 (U15729248) on Monday, 24th June 2013

    Lucy Kite and Kylie Pentelow should get more TV time both are good news presenters and both are very attractive.

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    Posted by Walrus (U2154212) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    I'd welcome anyone who refrains from 'having a go' on our behalf like a Blue Peter presenter, the training ground for most of our presenters - unfortunately.

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    Posted by Jewel Staite (U14313760) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Although I dont believe that age should be a barrier in recruiting staff, the staff must be competent in the first place... and the tendency for media outlets (such as BBC, ITV) to recruit beautification staff to present the news when the only competence they otherwise possess is to read an autocue does not reflect well on the professionalism which both BBC News (and ITV News) used to hold in high esteem.

    I think, for the BBC, the change came when they recruited Jill Dando.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    I agree with the OP, the same few presenters are used again and again no matter whether they're actually qualified or suitable to front a particular programme.It's fine if you happen to really like that presenter but the times I've turned over because I didn't, Rani Price and Nicki Chapman to name a few.Agghhhh!!

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    There are actually quite a lot of BBC presenters aren't there though?

    Everyone is bound to like different people.

    I do know what you all mean, but there are always new presenters coming forward, and it does take time and money to train people up to present programmes. They're very rarely people that you can just 'pick off the shelf'.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    There are actually quite a lot of BBC presenters aren't there though?

    Everyone is bound to like different people.

    I do know what you all mean, but there are always new presenters coming forward, and it does take time and money to train people up to present programmes. They're very rarely people that you can just 'pick off the shelf'. 
    You see that's where I disagree with you Peta, I don't think you can 'train' a good presenter, they're either knowledgeable at what they do or just naturally good.Think Clare Balding, Sue Barker, Sir David Attenborough, the BBC particularly in sport use pundits which are old sports stars but useless in interview and really add nothing to the programme.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Everyone on TV needs media training and has gone through it at some point.

    The naturally good ones definitely make it look easy, but they all need training and time to build up experience to be really slick. The ones you mention all have years of experience, which is why they're now so good.

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    Posted by MrT (U15054385) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    would anyone else like to see some new young presenters on the bbc? I know I would! I am tired of the same old faces it makes the programmes feel as though I have seen them before. I have nothing against Kate Humble but am not watching BBC2 at 8 as I am fed up of seeing her present yet another programme that I would otherwise have watched. Loved Bill Oddie on springwatch by the way.  You say you want new presenters then say how much you like Bill Oddie who has been around since the 1970s getting increasingly irascible as the years go by!

    Oddly I was thinking a couple of weeks ago that I hadn't seen Kate Humble for a while. Then last week she was in 3 programmes including Airport Live which I didn't watch because I couldn't bring myself to watch a programme about airports... Apparently she was a last minute stand in for someone else in that show. She was particularly good in Wild Shepherdess and as good as anyone e.g. the Bang presenters in SLOTS. But I agree the BBC should spread her more thinly in future.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    it does take time and money to train people up to present programmes. They're very rarely people that you can just 'pick off the shelf' 

    Sounds like a format for a Saturday night entertainment programme, would make a change from a singing competition.
    Though could you do it with turning chairs or would you have to see the head nodding and tilting, the flailing of hands and arms whilst speaking to really get the full effect?.
    Having said that, didn't they do this on cBBC and Blue Peter?

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by TomcatRed (U8418886) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Personally I would always prefer a good presenter who has a basic understanding of the subject over an expert on the subject who is an awful presenter (rabbit in the headlights).

    I think a lot of people think that presenting a TV programme is easy and it isn't, you only have to looks at people having a go at telling you about a product or game on youtube to see just how bad some people are at it.

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    Posted by MrT (U15054385) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Personally I would always prefer a good presenter who has a basic understanding of the subject over an expert on the subject who is an awful presenter (rabbit in the headlights).

    I think a lot of people think that presenting a TV programme is easy and it isn't, you only have to looks at people having a go at telling you about a product or game on youtube to see just how bad some people are at it. 

    I agree with that. Perhaps there should be a scheduling rule that no-one (not even KH!) should have more than one series running at the same time.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    That might be tricky to arrange, because programmes are all made at different times and then slotted in - it'd be really restrictive - and would repeats count too?

    David Attenborough might suffer in particular!

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    Posted by MrT (U15054385) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    I am a great fan of Sir David but even his series are shown in succession rather than more than one at the same time.

    It was a particular pleasure to see his excellent series on reptiles (Life in Cold Blood) in HD the other week especially as it is not available on blu-ray.

    That was one reason I was particularly upset that my BBC Freeview HD channels were killed off by the new red button!

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    Posted by Maxibaby (U14151672) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    would anyone else like to see some new young presenters on the bbc? I know I would! I am tired of the same old faces it makes the programmes feel as though I have seen them before. I have nothing against Kate Humble but am not watching BBC2 at 8 as I am fed up of seeing her present yet another programme that I would otherwise have watched. Loved Bill Oddie on springwatch by the way.  Yes please - let's have lots of young presenters dotted about the schedules, then we can have 'like' used as every other word, and every other sentence finish with 'innit'. There would be little knowledge of how to construct a sentence, and grammar would be avoided at all costs. Bliss! smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by MsA (U14389417) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Although I dont believe that age should be a barrier in recruiting staff, the staff must be competent in the first place... and the tendency for media outlets (such as BBC, ITV) to recruit beautification staff to present the news when the only competence they otherwise possess is to read an autocue does not reflect well on the professionalism which both BBC News (and ITV News) used to hold in high esteem.

    I think, for the BBC, the change came when they recruited Jill Dando. 
    Newsreaders don't just read autocue, they are journalists who write the news bulletins. And transmitting live is a stressful affair and it takes a rather special talent to be able to do that and carry it off without a hitch despite what's going on on your earphones!

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    Posted by purwil (U14677803) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    There hasn't been anything with Kathy Sykes or Charlotte Uhlenbroek for a while.

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    Posted by MrT (U15054385) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    There hasn't been anything with Kathy Sykes or Charlotte Uhlenbroek for a while.  Yes I liked both of those, also the "elephant lady" Saba Douglas-Hamilton (if I've got her name right).

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    Posted by Dell (U14273873) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Why do they have to be young?  Indeed, new old faces can do the job too.

    smiley - friedegg 
    oh no...I've had more than enough of Angela Rippon and Gloria Hunniford on my telly to last my lifetime.

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Although I dont believe that age should be a barrier in recruiting staff, the staff must be competent in the first place... and the tendency for media outlets (such as BBC, ITV) to recruit beautification staff to present the news when the only competence they otherwise possess is to read an autocue does not reflect well on the professionalism which both BBC News (and ITV News) used to hold in high esteem.

    I think, for the BBC, the change came when they recruited Jill Dando. 
    Newsreaders don't just read autocue, they are journalists who write the news bulletins. And transmitting live is a stressful affair and it takes a rather special talent to be able to do that and carry it off without a hitch despite what's going on on your earphones! 
    If they write the news as well then what do the 2,500 who work in that large office behind them do ? smiley - erm

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Why do they have to be young?  Indeed, new old faces can do the job too.

    smiley - friedegg 
    oh no...I've had more than enough of Angela Rippon and Gloria Hunniford on my telly to last my lifetime. 
    Not nominating any of the above for it btw.

    Wasn't there a news channel where all the presenters were nude?smiley - yikes smiley - blush

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by victoria (U3941046) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Although I dont believe that age should be a barrier in recruiting staff, the staff must be competent in the first place... and the tendency for media outlets (such as BBC, ITV) to recruit beautification staff to present the news when the only competence they otherwise possess is to read an autocue does not reflect well on the professionalism which both BBC News (and ITV News) used to hold in high esteem.

    I think, for the BBC, the change came when they recruited Jill Dando. 
    Newsreaders don't just read autocue, they are journalists who write the news bulletins. And transmitting live is a stressful affair and it takes a rather special talent to be able to do that and carry it off without a hitch despite what's going on on your earphones! 
    If they write the news as well then what do the 2,500 who work in that large office behind them do ? smiley - erm 
    good question !!and why the need for the hundreds of tv Sets/monitors?money no object apparently

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    Posted by henryhallsdanceband (U1639084) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    Dani Sinha should get out and about more - please.

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    Posted by Dover Soul (U14934992) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    When did this thead go from new presenters to news presenters?

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Tuesday, 25th June 2013

    When did this thead go from new presenters to news presenters?  A Freudian slip of the S, Miss. smiley - winkeye

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by MsA (U14389417) on Friday, 28th June 2013

    Although I dont believe that age should be a barrier in recruiting staff, the staff must be competent in the first place... and the tendency for media outlets (such as BBC, ITV) to recruit beautification staff to present the news when the only competence they otherwise possess is to read an autocue does not reflect well on the professionalism which both BBC News (and ITV News) used to hold in high esteem.

    I think, for the BBC, the change came when they recruited Jill Dando. 
    Newsreaders don't just read autocue, they are journalists who write the news bulletins. And transmitting live is a stressful affair and it takes a rather special talent to be able to do that and carry it off without a hitch despite what's going on on your earphones! 
    If they write the news as well then what do the 2,500 who work in that large office behind them do ? smiley - erm 
    good question !!and why the need for the hundreds of tv Sets/monitors?money no object apparently 
    The people behind them will be filling a whole host of roles eg researcher, assistant producer, production co-ordinator, production manager, stills researcher etc Clearly there are more news stories in a day than any one individual can cope with. Contributors need to be found, interviewed on the telephone and asked if they will appear. Then they have to be filmed etc But it is definitely not the case that the newsreaders are just mouthpieces.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Friday, 28th June 2013

    A presenter can be fully trained and...very irritating to the viewer whilst a less polished presenter may be more endearing? some of you will know about what I am talking

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    Posted by MsA (U14389417) on Monday, 1st July 2013

    would anyone else like to see some new young presenters on the bbc? I know I would! I am tired of the same old faces it makes the programmes feel as though I have seen them before. I have nothing against Kate Humble but am not watching BBC2 at 8 as I am fed up of seeing her present yet another programme that I would otherwise have watched. Loved Bill Oddie on springwatch by the way.  Yes please - let's have lots of young presenters dotted about the schedules, then we can have 'like' used as every other word, and every other sentence finish with 'innit'. There would be little knowledge of how to construct a sentence, and grammar would be avoided at all costs. Bliss! smiley - biggrin  As someone else said a few weeks ago on a similar topic "Haitch?!".

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