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How to be a newsreader - Nicholas Owen

Features | By Nicholas Owen

The face of the news: Richard Baker (1925-2018)

Jeremy Paxman has said ‘any fool’ can read the headlines on TV. Nicholas Owen, a newsreader for 30 years, begs to differ

It was a fairly quiet day for stories – not much to get excited or anxious about. I was in what was then called the BBC News 24 studio, to present for a few hours. Most of what I read out was scripted, and it was just a matter of sounding sensible and hoping that the words on the autocue matched the words on the scripts and, most important, those coming out of my mouth. ...


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