16 ‘On air!’


‘Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn’t have in your home.’



Newsreading is the point where the business of information and the game of show-business meet. But even among the ‘heavy’ set of newsreaders most outwardly disdainful of TV’s gloss and glamour, the act of being oracle to perhaps millions of viewers will always have something of the ego trip about it … however hard they may try to deny it.

TV presenters have to live with fame, but while being a public figure might massage the ego when the public is on your side, that same fickle audience will be as quick to complain as they are to compliment, not only if your performance begins ...

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