Saturday, 5 July 2014

Here is the news...

And this was Richard Baker reading it, 60 years ago today:


Except you wouldn't have seen him. Because he wasn't on-screen.

That - watching a newsreader (who was in those days, like Baker, an actor) - came later. As did the notion of journalists (pah!) doing the job, all manner of fancy, patronising graphics and the ridiculous notion of having someone standing where the news is happening (at all hours of the day and night).

We've come a long way. (I say 'we' because we're as much a part of the journey as they are - aren't we?). Here's the BBC Lime Grove newsroom as it looked back then:


And here's the New Broadcasting House version, opened last year:


Quite a difference, eh?

Yes, the news has come a long way. It lasts a lot longer. But never seems to get any better.

Plus ├ža change...