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4 items from 2011

Bill Turnbull may cut his BBC Breakfast shifts

3 November 2011 7:56 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC Breakfast co-host may cut back to three shows a week after move to Salford

BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull may reduce his hours to present the show three days a week once the programme has become established in its new home in Salford.

Talks are taking place about the new presenting lineup once Breakfast leaves London and relocates to the BBC's new northern headquarters around Easter 2012.

Turnbull and co-presenter Sian Williams currently anchor Breakfast four days a week, with Charlie Stayt and other presenters such as Susanna Reid and Louise Minchin covering the remaining three.

However, Williams, along with sports presenter Chris Hollins, has decided to leave the show and stay in the capital.

It is understood that although Turnbull is committed to staying with the show when it moves to Salford, he is exploring the idea of doing fewer days and not relocating permanently to the north-west.

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- Tara Conlan

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This craze for putting real-life news anchors in dramas has to stop

3 November 2011 7:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Kirsty Wark, Nina Hossain, Adam Boulton – they're all at it. But why do producers think that giving journalists drama cameos is a good idea?

A creeping blight has started to drift across British drama. You might not have noticed it at first – but lately it has grown to such proportions that it can no longer be ignored. It's the newsreaders.

They've started to hijack everything.

Take BBC1's recent conspiracy miniseries Hidden. To reinforce the high-powered political stakes, Hidden kept drafting in real-life journalists to interview the characters and offer plot developments.

It hired an all-star lineup of news broadcasting talent – Kirsty Wark, Nina Hossain and Adam Boulton, who had so much screentime that I half expected him to start featuring in the opening titles, wearing a cowboy hat, chomping on a cigar and spinning to face the camera, Dallas-style. And that was just one show. Spooks did it. Doctor Who does it. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Katie Price apologises for missing interview

22 March 2011 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Katie Price has apologised to BBC Breakfast after she missed a scheduled interview. The former glamour model's planned appearance on the programme was among a number of engagements booked today to promote the launch of her new Sky Living reality show tonight. Price was due to join presenters Sian Williams and Charlie Stayt to discuss the fly-on-the-wall series at 8.30am. However, the show's official Twitter account confirmed that she had failed to arrive at the studio on (more) »

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BBC Breakfast team reluctant to make Manchester move

24 February 2011 3:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter Sian Williams and many members of programme's team have yet to commit to working in Salford Quays

It represents the biggest test of the BBC's ambitious £155m plan to relocate 2,300 jobs outside London. But with five weeks left to make up their minds, fewer than half of those working on Breakfast are expected to move 200 miles north.

Sian Williams – the best known face of the programme – is among those still uncertain about whether to relocate to Manchester, while only a handful of the 100 who work on the show have definitely decided to move.

Programme insiders say it is "looking like less than 50%" of the Breakfast staff are planning to move, leaving BBC executives "seriously concerned" about the impact of a depleted workforce on Britain's most popular morning TV show. Despite being urged by BBC management to make up their minds, some are "still in denial", according to a second source. »

- Tara Conlan

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