Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

British News Broadcaster Has a Lot to Answer For

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

British News Broadcaster Has a Lot to Answer For

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I THINK I've been stalked by that gorgeous woman who reads the WIN News.

I've just had a 3500 kilometres driving holiday. Wherever I went Marita Ramia was reading the news. I seriously believe she resides here in Toowoomba and I've kidded myself she fronted the cameras for us alone. I thought we had her and Pat O'Whatsisname all to ourselves.

I've always realised our local weather comes from that Byrnesy bloke who appears to operate from somewhere up North and have a slight ongoing sinus problem. He really knows his weather but I'm never quite sure whether it is up to the minute or a hopeful guess from earlier in the afternoon in Rocky or somewhere else.

Now I find that my lovely Marita pops up in Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg and all points north and in between. What's more, she tells them all much the same news, except for little tit-bits of local gossip.

Maybe there's the occasional geographically appropriate lost dog story or an inconsequential account of a break-in at somewhere you never even knew existed.

What really gets to me is the way she gives the impression, no matter where you are watching, that she actually knows about what she's reading, just as if she was really locally based. I'm very disappointed.

Somebody could probably tell me whether she does it bit by bit and then a clever vision editor cuts and pastes it.

Perhaps the poor thing has to record umpteen full bulletins one after the other, then pretend that your version is the only one that matters.

Whatever the method, at least Pat O'Whatsisname never refers to his colleague as 'Ramie' or 'Ita', or something equally matey, like they do on the main Nine News bulletin.

Old Paigey did a grand job filling in for Lofty over the holidays and Heals seems to find time to drag himself away from the cricket when Wally is AWOL. …

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