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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that was Acceptable in the 80s, a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in quite a while. My clues were that the artist who wrote and performed the song is probably best known for the 1973 album “Tubular bells”, and that the song contains the lyrics “he was shot 6 times by a man on the run – and she couldn’t find how to push through.”*

I also paid tribute this morning to veteran ITN newsreader Sir Alastair Burnett, who has died at the age of 84. Loads of people have been paying warm tributes, including Andrew Neil, who described him as “one of the greatest journalists of his generation”, and said of him “he will also always be recalled by family, friends and colleagues for his unparalleled professionalism, humour and gentlemanly kindness, especially to journalists starting out on their careers. Joy it was to be in his company and he was an inspiration to many who followed in his footsteps – the broadcasters’ broadcaster.” Perhaps there are quite a few journalist who wouldn’t be described in such warm terms, but it would be unfair for a whole profession to be tarred with the same brush. Unbelievably Sir Alastair presented his last TV news bulletin in 1991!

 *Acceptable in the 80s was Moonlight shadow by Mike Oldfield featuring Maggie Reilly

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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that was Acceptable in the 80s, a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in quite a while. My clues were that the artist who wrote and performed the song is probably best known for the 1973 album “Tubular bells”, and that the song contains the lyrics “he was shot 6 times by a man on the run – and she couldn’t find how to push through.”*

I also paid tribute this morning to veteran ITN newsreader Sir Alastair Burnett, who has died at the age of 84. Loads of people have been paying warm tributes, including Andrew Neil, who described him as “one of the greatest journalists of his generation”, and said of him “he will also always be recalled by family, friends and colleagues for his unparalleled professionalism, humour and gentlemanly kindness, especially to journalists starting out on their careers. Joy it was to be in his company and he was an inspiration to many who followed in his footsteps – the broadcasters’ broadcaster.” Perhaps there are quite a few journalist who wouldn’t be described in such warm terms, but it would be unfair for a whole profession to be tarred with the same brush. Unbelievably Sir Alastair presented his last TV news bulletin in 1991!

 *Acceptable in the 80s was Moonlight shadow by Mike Oldfield featuring Maggie Reilly

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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that was Acceptable in the 80s, a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in quite a while. My clues were that the artist who wrote and performed the song is probably best known for the 1973 album “Tubular bells”, and that the song contains the lyrics “he was shot 6 times by a man on the run – and she couldn’t find how to push through.”*

I also paid tribute this morning to veteran ITN newsreader Sir Alastair Burnett, who has died at the age of 84. Loads of people have been paying warm tributes, including Andrew Neil, who described him as “one of the greatest journalists of his generation”, and said of him “he will also always be recalled by family, friends and colleagues for his unparalleled professionalism, humour and gentlemanly kindness, especially to journalists starting out on their careers. Joy it was to be in his company and he was an inspiration to many who followed in his footsteps – the broadcasters’ broadcaster.” Perhaps there are quite a few journalist who wouldn’t be described in such warm terms, but it would be unfair for a whole profession to be tarred with the same brush. Unbelievably Sir Alastair presented his last TV news bulletin in 1991!

 *Acceptable in the 80s was Moonlight shadow by Mike Oldfield featuring Maggie Reilly

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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that was Acceptable in the 80s, a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in quite a while. My clues were that the artist who wrote and performed the song is probably best known for the 1973 album “Tubular bells”, and that the song contains the lyrics “he was shot 6 times by a man on the run – and she couldn’t find how to push through.”*

I also paid tribute this morning to veteran ITN newsreader Sir Alastair Burnett, who has died at the age of 84. Loads of people have been paying warm tributes, including Andrew Neil, who described him as “one of the greatest journalists of his generation”, and said of him “he will also always be recalled by family, friends and colleagues for his unparalleled professionalism, humour and gentlemanly kindness, especially to journalists starting out on their careers. Joy it was to be in his company and he was an inspiration to many who followed in his footsteps – the broadcasters’ broadcaster.” Perhaps there are quite a few journalist who wouldn’t be described in such warm terms, but it would be unfair for a whole profession to be tarred with the same brush. Unbelievably Sir Alastair presented his last TV news bulletin in 1991!

 *Acceptable in the 80s was Moonlight shadow by Mike Oldfield featuring Maggie Reilly

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