Goodbye Littlejohn

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fusionlad
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Post by fusionlad » Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:03 pm

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Sky News is parting company with the outspoken commentator Richard Littlejohn, whose discussion show on the channel comes to an end next month.

The last edition of Littlejohn, which is broadcast four nights a week on Sky News between 7pm and 8pm, will be transmitted on Thursday July 8.



Littlejohn is coming to an end as the Sky Networks managing director Dawn Airey prepares to overhaul Sky News' evening schedule.



"Richard has done a fantastic job presenting Littlejohn on Sky News for the past 18 months, but the programme has now come to the end of its run," Ms Airey said.



"We are very proud of what he has achieved. The move comes ahead of a repositioning of Sky News during peaktime," she added.



Littlejohn, who is on his third stint as a Sky News presenter, said he would be concentrating on his column in the Sun, but did not rule out returning to the channel again at some point in the future.



"The show was always scheduled to finish in July. It's been an exhilarating and exhausting 18 months. I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved, but I've got a day job - two columns a week for the Sun - so while it's a shame the show is coming to an end, I'm quite looking forward to getting off the hamster wheel," he added.



"I've always been a great fan of Sky. I've worked for the broadcaster three times over the past 10 years - and who's to say I won't do so again in the future," Littlejohn said.



Littlejohn is currently being presented by Amanda Platell, who is the Sun columnist's regular stand-in when he is on holiday.



A Sky News spokeswoman said Littlejohn was expected to return to the show before it comes off air next month.



It is thought likely that Sky News will fill Littlejohn's 7pm-8pm slot between Monday and Thursday with its regular rolling news output, before the changes planned as part of the new evening schedule are introduced.








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Post by philg » Wed Jun 09, 2004 4:06 pm

Can't say that I shall really miss Littlejohn. Interesting that Dawn Airey's "big changes" are to be in the evening schedule. It had needed a change though.

From Dawn Airey Interview in Media Guardian (April)

The next big task is investing in Sky News with plans she "can't talk about right now" but which involve trying to create more of a difference between News 24 and Sky News. "It's done a fantastic job and continues to be market leader but BBC 24 does, in bog standard news days, sometimes come a bit too close to our ankles and we are making a significant investment in Sky News."





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Post by eagleeye » Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:00 pm

Littlejohn.." I'm quite looking forward to getting off the hamster wheel," he added.

Interesting that he sees himself as a small rodent....Gone to the big hamster wheel in the, er, sky has he? Some GOOD NEWS at last!!!!

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Post by Easty » Wed Jun 09, 2004 6:51 pm

I like LittleJohn. I dare say they got rid of him because Sky will have been accused that he was representing Murdochs views

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Post by Gems » Thu Jun 10, 2004 4:01 am

I can't say that I am sorry to hear that Littlejohn is gone next month. I never quite so the point of having him on the air. Maybe it'll be replaced with something decent.

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Post by Steven » Thu Jun 10, 2004 11:51 am

I may not have mentioned this before but I quite like the Littlejohn programme, although not the biggest fan of the man himself.



The 'round-table' debates with the politians, on Wednesdays, and paper journos, on Thursdays, were always interesting and amusing.

However, the most important aspect of this story is what the plans are to shake up the evening schedule. Perhaps more specialist programming, a world news bulliten, a later flagship programme? At last we'll be able to groan about the specialist programmes and how to change them rather than fantisising on what they should be.

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Post by Newsroom » Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:23 pm

or perhaps normal news?news on the hour from 7 to 8 with JT and AB.

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Post by Steven » Thu Jun 10, 2004 2:30 pm

Or maybe not:

Littlejohn is coming to an end as the Sky Networks managing director Dawn Airey prepares to overhaul Sky News' evening schedule.

"We are very proud of what he has achieved. The move comes ahead of a repositioning of Sky News during peaktime," she added.

It is thought likely that Sky News will fill Littlejohn's 7pm-8pm slot between Monday and Thursday with its regular rolling news output, before the changes planned as part of the new evening schedule are introduced.

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Post by philg » Fri Jun 11, 2004 6:39 pm

So, does anybody have any ideas/insider knowledge as to what Sky's new evening schedule will be? If i remember correctly, Adam Boulton said that he saw 'Primetime' as Sky's big failing, when it loses out to BBC and ITV.

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Post by Steven » Fri Jun 11, 2004 7:51 pm

No inside knowledge from me I'm afraid, however here is an interesting article from Media Guardian that first appeared in early January 2003.

http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,870321,00.htmlhttp://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/stor...,870321,00.html>

The bit that interests me is:





Sky News political editor Adam Boulton will present a nightly 7pm politics-based talk show, beginning in April. Littlejohn's show, which will have a wider brief, will air on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. The launch date is not yet known.








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Post by Easty » Fri Jun 11, 2004 8:33 pm







Sky News political editor Adam Boulton will present a nightly 7pm politics-based talk show, beginning in April. Littlejohn's show, which will have a wider brief, will air on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. The launch date is not yet known.













Never happened. But I hope it does in the future.

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Post by Newsroom » Sat Jun 12, 2004 6:00 am

I'd love to see a showbiz slot with Georgie Arnold from the newswall from 7pm-7.30pm and then a political slot with Adam Boulton from 7.35-8pm....then normal rolling news from 8pm-10.30pm and from 11pm through the night.

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Post by four pints » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:08 am

I always thought it was a bit strange that when they do the paper reviews, they always talk down The Sun, but then have a columnist from it presenting a half hour programme with all The Sun's views! I suppose it is good to represent a variety of views, but I never liked him much

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Post by fishcakes » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:33 am

I didn't like him, either.

His show was just a load of people arguing.

Too much like Jerry Springer or Big Brother for my liking.

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Post by newshound » Sun Jun 13, 2004 11:54 am

You're right fishcakes. But what annoyed me most about Littlejohn was that he asked such long questions and butted in so often, the guests hardly got chance to say more than "good evening".

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Post by iti114 » Sun Jun 13, 2004 7:54 pm

Yes, they should replace him with an hour-long chat show, that would be much better. And hopefully get someone who isn't a fascist, racist, xenophobic idiot to present it. Perhaps Adam Boulton, but he is, let's face it, crap on non-political guests.

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Post by fishcakes » Tue Jun 15, 2004 6:18 am

Maybe Neil Sean could have his own slot, and then it could be more celeb-orientated. That would be so cool!

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Post by Steven » Tue Jun 15, 2004 9:55 am

Perhaps Adam Boulton, but he is, let's face it, crap on non-political guests.






Indeed he is. He was talking to Ken Clarke on his Sunday programme yesterday and finished off with talk about Sport. He got Jensen Buttons name wrong, mentioned the cricket, and fell apart when talking about the footy. It was quite funny to see somebody who is normally so in control and aware of the subject matter not having a clue.

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Post by iti114 » Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:52 pm

Maybe Adam needs more time off to explore leisure pursuits and widen his horizons.

Neil Sean isn't fascist, racist or xenophobic (afaik) - he's just an idiot.

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Post by fishcakes » Fri Jun 18, 2004 6:25 pm

Yes he is. His cheesy grin is the last thing you want to see at 7:45am every day. Then if you manage to escape that, then there he is, looming up in "metro" when you're on the tube!

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