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Old 16-10-2010, 16:14
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Of course, the next big question is: what happens if (=when?) the Met Office is sold off or privatised, as seems a likely outcome in the MoD spending review being announced on Weds?? Hmmm.
IF that happens, that's the time to wonder/worry as far as I am concerned.
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Old 16-10-2010, 16:46
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Imagine the row that would be raging if the BBC removed three of its female weather presenters and the men stayed put or, even more explosive, the female presenters taken off air were beyond their first flushes of youth.
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Old 16-10-2010, 18:14
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This is a Met Office decision. E-mail enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk to voice your concerns about the removal of Rob McElwee from the BBC forecasts.
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Old 12-11-2010, 14:46
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Thought I'd bump this up as I thought they were supposed to be cutting back,instead of which the number of weather presenters at South East Today seems to be increasing! Start with Kaddy,Kaye,Nazaneen and Michael Fish. Kaye went on extended leave for whatever reason so Lara Lewington was bought in to cover,and was kept on as a replacement when Nazaneen left. Kaye then returned,which still meant four presenters,however since then they've had Stav Danaos and now Elizabeth Austen in as well!
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Old 13-11-2010, 12:24
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And today I hear that BBC weather forecasters are threatening strike action over the proposals.
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Old 13-11-2010, 13:58
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And today I hear that BBC weather forecasters are threatening strike action over the proposals.


That will be a waste of time.

In the days before the BBC was for ever bleating about cash shortages, the news readers gave the forecast at the end of each bulletin.
I've long said "The Weather Show" has grown like Topsy.
We'll still get the weather forecast.

I could never understand why those presenting it, usually young attractive young women, are revered like celebrities by some on here.

We can manage without the "Show!"
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Old 13-11-2010, 14:29
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I could never understand why those presenting it, usually young attractive young women, are revered like celebrities by some on here.

We can manage without the "Show!"
You can't get your facts right,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/hi/abo...00/8186155.stm

Count up how many men and how many women.

And then look at their qualifications, presenters (like some other channels) or weather forecasters?

And then admit you were wrong.
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Old 13-11-2010, 14:35
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Don't understand why weather presenters have to be `trained` weather forecasters?

Lets face it, any presenter can read out the text, with the scientists (and I use the word very loseley) sorting out the forecast in the backroom.
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Old 13-11-2010, 14:35
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You can't get your facts right,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/hi/abo...00/8186155.stm

Count up how many men and how many women.

And then look at their qualifications, presenters (like some other channels) or weather forecasters?

And then admit you were wrong.
I'm not even going to bother with your link, because you are failing to see the "big picture."

The Met Office is principally the MOD's problem, it's essential for air traffic control.

All I've said is the BBC can do without a few weather presenters/forecasters, the newsreaders can read the forecast as they once used to. Whether they are dolly girls (who I probably notice most) or men hardly matters. If only "Diddy Danny Corbett" would go on strike!

Trust me, the Met Office will continue to supply the BBC with a weather forecast.
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Old 13-11-2010, 14:43
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Before ITV introduced weather presenters, they showed a graphic of the UK with it divided in to sections if necessary. On each section the forecast was provided, eg Sunny at first, rain later. Max 20C.

We were not subjected to these long forecasts filled with tech talk that very few people understand, although ITV is better than the BBC for not using jargon. More often than not I not much wiser after a TV weather presenter has done their bit.
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Old 13-11-2010, 14:52
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If ever there was an example of "bigging up the job" it's the weather forecast.
Here in the North-West it's not even that accurate. It depends on the prevailing winds, so we sometimes get the weather, "earlier or later."

Most viewers I imagine only need to know whether they need a coat or might need a brolly when they go out. I'd manage quite well with just that information.
It was possible to give all the necessary information read over two maps after each news bulletin.

However, the BBC will probably tell us for the time the programme is on the air, it's "cheap TV."
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Old 13-11-2010, 15:23
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I'm not even going to bother with your link, because you are failing to see the "big picture."
So you say that presenters are "usually young attractive women" and then refuse to check the link which shows they are not, there are more men than women.

And then bluster off on some other point.

The Met Office is principally the MOD's problem, it's essential for air traffic control.
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And then you accuse me of failing to see the "big picture", weather foreasting affects many others from inshore to shipping to rural communities to farmers to sports events. I think you need to check out the big picture, your perspective is way out.

Trust me, the Met Office will continue to supply the BBC with a weather forecast.
Ans that's hardly a revelation as the BBC has just retendered for the supply of this service. But I doubt you even knew that.

Bluster and more bluster and lack of knowledge; following in the footsteps of other great blusterers on this forum like staple gun and ebble.
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Old 13-11-2010, 17:25
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So you say that presenters are "usually young attractive women" and then refuse to check the link which shows they are not, there are more men than women.

And then bluster off on some other point.



And then you accuse me of failing to see the "big picture", weather foreasting affects many others from inshore to shipping to rural communities to farmers to sports events. I think you need to check out the big picture, your perspective is way out.



Ans that's hardly a revelation as the BBC has just retendered for the supply of this service. But I doubt you even knew that.

Bluster and more bluster and lack of knowledge; following in the footsteps of other great blusterers on this forum like staple gun and ebble.
No, you're the one who's blustering.

Did I say there wouldn't be a weather forecast? No?


Will the viewers be denied a weather forecast because of a strike by a few people?
No!


The weather for shipping will still be on the radio as it has for decades.

Do I care if there are more male forecasters than women? No!

If at the times I watch the forecast it's usually presented by a women, then that's an undeniable (but totally unimportant) fact.
I suggest you stop bangin' on about something as of little importance, as the ratio of men to women.
What's that got to do with the industrial action I've commented on?

Did I say the BBC didn't want to continue with the service? No!

I'm suggesting they could manage without the "Weather Show" if they had to.
Don't try to manipulate what I've said in an attempt to score points.
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Old 13-11-2010, 17:46
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I could never understand why those presenting it, usually young attractive young women, are revered like celebrities by some on here.
Do I care if there are more male forecasters than women? No!
Err, it looks like you do care

I suggest you stop bangin' on about something as of little importance, as the ratio of men to women.
Because you made a statement that was wrong?

Don't try to manipulate what I've said in an attempt to score points.
I think you'll find I was quoting what you said rather than manipulating what you said.

So long Bluster Boy
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Old 13-11-2010, 17:49
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I'm suggesting they could manage without the "Weather Show" if they had to.
Don't try to manipulate what I've said in an attempt to score points.
Who is this 'they' that could manage???
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Old 13-11-2010, 17:52
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Err, it looks like you do care



Because you made a statement that was wrong?
No I wasn't wrong, it was my observations from whenever I have watched the weather forecast.

But as I said, it was still unimportant, except to you of course!


I think you'll find I was quoting what you said rather than manipulating what you said.
Try reading all you said, don't just pick bits out of it.
So long Bluster Boy
You're going?

Bye!
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Old 13-11-2010, 17:56
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Who is this 'they' that could manage???
"They" are the BBC.
As I've said several times, the newsreaders used to read the weather at the end of the bulletin.

I'm only guessing of course, but I don't think they made it up, or had some seaweed and pine cones under their desks.
It was likely to have come from the Met Office.
As I've said before the BBC will still get the weather forecast out, strike or no strike.
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Old 13-11-2010, 18:07
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As I've said several times, the newsreaders used to read the weather at the end of the bulletin.
Well yes, before 1957, if that's what we want to go back to.
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Old 14-11-2010, 11:48
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Well yes, before 1957, if that's what we want to go back to.


Err..

I was pointing out that having once done it before, it would be possible for us to "get through the day" without the "Weather Show."

It's like me saying "We once won the World Cup" and you saying, "Well if you want to go back to 1966."

Whenever it was, it was still the weather forecast, there weren't placarded demonstrations outside TV Centre complaining about insufficient information and the BBC weren't constantly bitching about being short of cash.

My first post suggested we'd still get a weather forecast, despite any strike action, that's still true.
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Old 14-11-2010, 12:51
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Before ITV introduced weather presenters, they showed a graphic of the UK with it divided in to sections if necessary. On each section the forecast was provided, eg Sunny at first, rain later. Max 20C.

We were not subjected to these long forecasts filled with tech talk that very few people understand, although ITV is better than the BBC for not using jargon. More often than not I not much wiser after a TV weather presenter has done their bit.
I just need to know whether it's going to rain or not, or be windy or not. I don't need fancy graphics telling me what's going on elsewhere in the world, days before it MIGHT get to us.
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Old 14-11-2010, 15:00
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I just need to know whether it's going to rain or not, or be windy or not. I don't need fancy graphics telling me what's going on elsewhere in the world, days before it MIGHT get to us.
Exactly!

As for the ratio of numbers of men and women presenters, it doesn't necessarily mean that they each make the same number of appearances on every channel.
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Old 20-12-2010, 21:26
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Sara Thornton has announced on BBC South's weather twitter profile that she's leaving tonight, which possibly means Georgie Palmer is finally making her return.
Seen her both in the morning and evening London region programmes recently

http://thumbnails24.imagebam.com/111...1111755710.jpg
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Old 03-01-2011, 13:15
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Seen her both in the morning and evening London region programmes recently

http://thumbnails24.imagebam.com/111...1111755710.jpg
That's because she's covering maternity leave for Kate Kinsella,who has just had a baby boy.
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Old 03-01-2011, 13:26
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That's because she's covering maternity leave for Kate Kinsella,who has just had a baby boy.
Lol.....after reading this thread(yes I`am bored).....one can only but laugh.
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Old 03-01-2011, 13:55
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Kate Kinsella gave birth to a boy this weekend.

BBC South East viewers will be welcoming ITV Anglia weather presenter Rachel Mackley later this month, which should mean the end of the random freelancers and BBC Weather Centre support forecasters.
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