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Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Mr Mallett is certainly getting about this week - London at the start of the week, Liverpool tonight... is he pitching to become UTV's mainland-based reporter?

And a shame Tina Campbell only featured in a report on sunbeds tonight's programme while Clarke was in the female presenter's role - with no Seven Thirty Show in the schedule this week, it could have been a chance to get Tina back anchoring Live at Six.

Did enjoy UTV Player editing out O'Neill's report on the injuries sustained by the young Armagh GAA player - saves me having to scroll through too many minutes of yellow journalism.
Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Lynda Bryans to leave UTV at the end of the month...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/10386993.stm

Quote:

Northern Ireland TV presenter Lynda Bryans is to leave UTV, she has revealed.

Ms Bryans said in a statement published in the News Letter that the station had not renewed her contract.

She was dropped during the recent election campaign after her husband Mike Nesbitt put himself forward as a candidate for UCUNF.

Ms Byrans [sic] paid tribute to viewers and said she will make her final appearance on UTV on Wednesday 30 June.

"As this door is closed, others should open as I will no longer be subject to the restrictions that applied during my time under contract at UTV," she said.

"In my time at the station, I have enjoyed working with some fantastic and experienced professionals, but nobody owes me a living."


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/lynda-bryans-axed-by-utv-14852216.html

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TV presenter Lynda Bryans has become the latest casualty of the UTV jobs cull, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Lynda, who is married to broadcaster-turned-politician Mike Nesbitt, was told her contract with the company was not being renewed after 14 years at Havelock House.

The decision to cancel her contract — due for renewal at the end of June — comes just four months after the high-profile presenter was dropped from news programmes in the run-up to the General Election.

Lynda was told at the time she could not present the flagship UTV Live or other news programmes as her husband was running as an Ulster Unionist candidate. She returned to work the week after the election.

It is understood Lynda was told she was not being rehired due to ongoing financial restrictions within the company.

But a UTV insider said it was widely believed that the axe had fallen because of her husband’s political commitments.

“Lynda was very disappointed when she was sent home in February and believed it to be an attack on her professional integrity,” said the source.

“But she is a total professional and has a mind of her own.

“UTV may have been concerned about the viewers’ perception of her while her husband was running for election, but what will their perception be now that they have let her go?

“The viewers aren’t stupid and will work out for themselves why UTV has come to this decision.”

Lynda, who has been on six-monthly contracts for a number of years, was a linchpin presenter within UTV and one of the big name personalities involved in the 2005 launch of radio station U105.

But in October 2008 she was let go by the station and her lunchtime slot taken over by Carolyn Stewart.

The UTV insider said: “The writing was on the wall for Lynda back then, but after she was dropped from UTV Live earlier this year I think she knew her time was up, she just didn’t think it would be this soon.”

Lynda, who began her broadcasting career as a copytaker at UTV, before switching to the BBC for several years where she branched out into broadcasting, confirmed her departure and said she was looking forward to the next phase in her career.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph she said: “It’s UTV’s decision and I have to respect that.

“In my time at Ulster Television I have enjoyed working with some fantastically experienced professionals but nobody owes me a living.

“As this door has closed I hope others will open as I will no longer be subject to the restrictions that applied during my time at Ulster Television.”

Michael Wilson, managing director UTV Television, said: “While we understand that stories about UTV attract significant interest, UTV does not comment on media speculation and respects contractual confidentiality at all times.”

Lynda joined UTV as a newsreader in the mid 1990s and regularly co-presented UTV Live with her husband Mike until he left the station in 2006.

Prior to joining UTV, she also hosted a number of BBC network shows including Animal Hospital and Here And Now.

Along with her husband, she runs a company called Take One Take Two. The couple have two sons, PJ (15) and Christopher (13).
Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Naturally, no mention of it being Lynda's last week at work on tonight's UTV Live - interestingly, they showed the cover of tomorrow's News Letter with a "Viewers back Lynda Bryans" text box unedited.

Elsewhere, Marc Mallett has taken a retrogressive career step after his jaunts in England - tonight, he was demoted to doing vox pops in Belfast city centre about what the public think about Christine Bleakley.
Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Tonight was Lynda Bryans' final night on UTV Live.

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Did we get a leaving montage?

No. Just thirty seconds at the end of the programme, barely enough time for a brief "goodbye from here", where she paid tribute to Clarky, thanked viewers for their letters of support and described the past few weeks as "edgy". From 24.17 onwards:

http://www.u.tv/UTVMediaPlayer/Default.aspx?vidid=131154

Also tonight, the graphics team fail at geography:

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bbcsport1,609 posts since 23 Jan 2006
UTV Newsline
Tonight was Lynda Bryans' final night on UTV Live.


Any word yet on a replacement for Lynda? Will Tina Campbell make a return to the newsdesk or will we get a mishmash of Alison Fleming, Sarah Clarke etc?

Or maybe they'll go for a single anchor at 6pm as well as 10.30pm.

Real shame though to see such an established and professional anchor disappear from our screens . . . hopefully it won't be for too long anyway.
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denton723 posts since before January 2003
Tonight was Lynda Bryans' final night on UTV Live.

*

Did we get a leaving montage?

No. Just thirty seconds at the end of the programme, barely enough time for a brief "goodbye from here", where she paid tribute to Clarky, thanked viewers for their letters of support and described the past few weeks as "edgy". From 24.17 onwards:

http://www.u.tv/UTVMediaPlayer/Default.aspx?vidid=131154

Also tonight, the graphics team fail at geography:

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Well ... that was awkward Shocked
Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Tsk, the map error was corrected in time for UTV Live Tonight:

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And, for some bizarre reason, Clarky plugged the next programme at the very end of the show, so no "Goodnight and sleep well" - are UTV already pushing to make poor Gilly redundant next?

Meanwhile, the Tele make a fail on their own: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/lynda-bryans-makes-dignified-farewell-to-utv-14860357.html

Quote:
Lynda, married to broadcaster-turned-politician Mike Nesbitt, exchanged banter with colleague Paul Clarke as the curtain came down on her 14-year career with the media company.

Paying tribute to her teatime newsdesk co-host, she said that she had enjoyed working with someone so “courteous and professional” as Paul Clarke .
Col3,310 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Some sad news, Roisin Walsh, former UTV presenter/reporter, and wife of David Dunseith, died at the weekend at the age of 72.

UTV have a tribute page on their website - that is, if the two pop-up adverts on the front page don't put you off getting that far.

Looks like Jar-Jar has been given Lynda's presenting gigs - not even matching her shade of lipstick with her blouse tonight distracts from the fact she's still poor at "PRO-jek"-ing her voice. And the least said about Clarky and Jar-Jar's "happy talk" at the end of the programme this week, the better.

And, dare I say it, I'm starting to find Marc Mallett, and his presenting style, irritating - why was he sent to do a live two-way on Monday's show about the FAI internal disputes? Was the reporter on that story (the worthy Colm McAlinden) deemed unworthy of doing so, given UTV's main sports reporter was dispatched to cover a pro-celebrity golf tournament South of the Border instead?
tightrope78496 posts since 29 Dec 2005
UTV Newsline
Some sad news, Roisin Walsh, former UTV presenter/reporter, and wife of David Dunseith, died at the weekend at the age of 72.

UTV have a tribute page on their website - that is, if the two pop-up adverts on the front page don't put you off getting that far.

Looks like Jar-Jar has been given Lynda's presenting gigs - not even matching her shade of lipstick with her blouse tonight distracts from the fact she's still poor at "PRO-jek"-ing her voice. And the least said about Clarky and Jar-Jar's "happy talk" at the end of the programme this week, the better.

And, dare I say it, I'm starting to find Marc Mallett, and his presenting style, irritating - why was he sent to do a live two-way on Monday's show about the FAI internal disputes? Was the reporter on that story (the worthy Colm McAlinden) deemed unworthy of doing so, given UTV's main sports reporter was dispatched to cover a pro-celebrity golf tournament South of the Border instead?


The BBC had Julian O'Neil cover the story, not any of their Sports team (and they have a very large Sports team). And it's the IFA btw!