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September 17, 2003 5:32 PM   Subscribe

Oh Why Oh Why Does The Beeb Have All The Best Babes? Oh all right, I confess that sometimes it's not only the news I watch the BBC for. I admit I pay more attention to the Middle East crisis when it's reported in loco by Kate Adie or presented by Anita Macnaught! As for Keshini Navaratnam, I have the sick delusion she reads the news only for me... Yes, you can drag me away now, thank you. (Parting remark, heard before the ambulance doors shut: "When will you Yanks ever offer such intelligent crumpet to the world, huh?")
posted by MiguelCardoso (45 comments total)

 
When you stop referring to intelligence as a crumpet. :)
posted by Keyser Soze at 5:35 PM on September 17, 2003


Ouch! That front page! If I wasn't schizophrenic before, I am now.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:41 PM on September 17, 2003


But, I must add, I'd gladly build Jerusalem on Liz George's green and pleasant land.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:45 PM on September 17, 2003


I always thought it was silly to get a crush on the newreader until I met Mishal. In other news, Anita McNaught featured [briefly] in a music video - "I love the lady newsreader more than the reviews".
posted by meech at 5:57 PM on September 17, 2003


Oh Why Oh Why Does The Beeb Have All The Best Babes?

Un-huh.

I'm just guessing here, migs, but they don't have Telemundo in Portugal do they?

That channels the best. It could be a documntary about cancer among Pakistani war widows and there's still be some buxom babe spilling out her dress reading the story. I love cable.
posted by jonmc at 6:00 PM on September 17, 2003


Mean people suck.
posted by yerfatma at 6:05 PM on September 17, 2003


We Yanks do have an intelligent crumpet...er...attractive and respected business journalist...
posted by Guy Smiley at 6:24 PM on September 17, 2003


I've found the only real redeeming factor of twenty-four hour news channels: Wendy Petrie (link goes to some stalker's ramblings, about the only thing on the net that mentions her) I think it's the fact that she's a Kiwi doing the Canadian news, making it seem so much more refined and international. Keeping in mind that any british-y type accent all strikes the same 'Now here's the important news' chord in the subconscious.

Her bio said she worked as a reporter for a few years back in New Zealand, so I hold out hope that she's not just hired eye-candy and that sophisticated voice isn't just a cruel ruse.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:29 PM on September 17, 2003


you can keep your bbc babes--i'm sure we have the handsomest male reporters
(mmm...paul lombardi)
posted by amberglow at 6:34 PM on September 17, 2003


CNN could probably field a team to compete with the BBC.
posted by yerfatma at 6:41 PM on September 17, 2003


Miguel, how can you fail to appreciate the wondrous Mishal Husain, capable of demolishing prevaricating foreign ministers with a single raised eyebrow?
posted by languagehat at 6:42 PM on September 17, 2003


would it be somehow judgmental of me to venture the following guess? britain seems to have people from all the world over (effect of colonizing everyone or whatever) in one place, everyone mixing, like it or not. and variety being the spice of life and all...

my rambling point being -- when you have that many people from that many different places, chances of a beauty or seven tend to be higher (also, mixing. i LOVE mutts/mixedkids/whathaveyou -- ALWAYS beautiful). the US (where i live) does have "diversity" but the average viewer seems to shun variety in their news anchors (or at least that's what the networks think).

also, i have to add: Gurvir Dhindsa is a hottie. dc indians representing, i suppose (my mom calls to report her every cool move).

time for me to put down that beer.
posted by sa3z at 6:43 PM on September 17, 2003


verfatma: I would have to agree.
posted by AstroGuy at 6:45 PM on September 17, 2003


I'm with languagehat. Mishal's where it's at for newsbabe. In the specialty category, however, one mustn't discount the suspiciously consistent hotness of TechTV babedom. Sumi!
posted by condour75 at 6:53 PM on September 17, 2003


Yeah, I was about to mention Mishal Husain, anchor of the 30-minute nightly BBC News World.
posted by rxrfrx at 6:53 PM on September 17, 2003


Kate Adie is not hot.
posted by delmoi at 6:54 PM on September 17, 2003



posted by quonsar at 6:56 PM on September 17, 2003


Kelly O'Donnell of MSNBC was enough incentive for me to stay glued to the set through Central Command's tedious briefings from Qatar during the Iraq war. (Her bio doesn't show up on MSNBC's list of "faces", though -- have they canned her? Hope not.)
posted by Zonker at 7:23 PM on September 17, 2003


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posted by clavdivs at 7:41 PM on September 17, 2003


Kate Adie is hot, delmoi. Her courage, her voice, her aplomb are deeply sexy. And she has lovely hair.

Yes, I feel awful for forgetting Mishal Husain - I just hope she doesn't read MetaFilter.

quonsar - how many times does Matt have to tell you that posting inline images can lead to bad things and other things beginning with B, like being banned and growing bald? ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:46 PM on September 17, 2003


This homepage has exceeded the maximum amount of traffic for one day.
posted by clavdivs at 7:49 PM on September 17, 2003


zonker, Norah O'Donnell (your Kelly) shows up all the time on Hardball, if you can stand Chris Matthews. MSNBC has some good-looking female anchors and reporters, if you're into that sort of thing ; >
posted by amberglow at 7:54 PM on September 17, 2003


oops, never mind...i didn't see yr link...sorry
posted by amberglow at 7:55 PM on September 17, 2003


I'm with jonmc. Telemundo and Galavision are where it's at if you like your news magazine programming brought to you by highly attractive women in tight, low-cut sweaters.
posted by SiW at 8:04 PM on September 17, 2003


Laurie Dhue from FoxNews.
posted by gyc at 8:09 PM on September 17, 2003


Beautiful Newswomen
posted by Zurishaddai at 8:10 PM on September 17, 2003


sorry all

good ol' Headline News got 'em all beat

Rudi Bakhtiar

sick

and gotta love the daily hairstyle changes
posted by badzen at 8:24 PM on September 17, 2003


Lynne Russell outshines them all, and she can kick all their asses as well.

In my life as an open-minded gay man, I always have one woman in mind as the only woman I would sleep with, given the chance. Russell filled that role well for several years. (Of course, now that Witchblade has been gone a while, I have to seek a new candidate.)
posted by troybob at 8:28 PM on September 17, 2003


whatta flipping ridiculous fpp, i feel like i've accidentally clicked a link to a teen ubb.
posted by t r a c y at 8:33 PM on September 17, 2003


Rearranging the letters of 'Undercurrents with Wendy Mesley' gives:

Internet Hussy cured Mr. Newlywed.

so what if her journalism career started when I was still in diapers? Hubba hubba.
posted by arto at 8:43 PM on September 17, 2003


(There's been a very odd and somewhat unnatural tone - at least in comparison to what I've come to think of as your 'voice' - to your last several posts on the front page, Miguel. What's with all the tough-guy stuff? I'm curious.)
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:00 PM on September 17, 2003


I got it bad for so-le-dad!

What's with all the tough-guy stuff?

He's a rake. Whaddya want - mincing and pouting?
posted by UncleFes at 9:39 PM on September 17, 2003


He's a rake. Whaddya want - mincing and pouting?

That's what we usually get!

...joke, joke!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:42 PM on September 17, 2003


He is going to mince your ass for that one, Stavvie my friend.
posted by UncleFes at 9:56 PM on September 17, 2003


Babes... pah! John Simpson does it for me. Nothing to do with looks.
posted by prolific at 10:20 PM on September 17, 2003


Funny I just saw Albert Brook's, Broadcast News last night and although the premise is totally outdated (Will network news step over the line to pure entertainment?) I still can't help imagining Jane's (Holly Hunter's character) reaction to all of these semi-nude, pouty and provocative news anchor photos.

Heh. If this were a Fark post it would have the little boobies tag next to it...
posted by sic at 1:05 AM on September 18, 2003


When she lived here, Anita McNaught was widely rumoured to be gay - so don't get your hopes up, lads. Or alternatively, good news, girls!

She DID look hot in black leather, I must say.

She and another Pom, Phil(?) Schofield, basically talked their way into plum broadcasting jobs in NZ on thin CVs and then were able to parlay their experience into the comparative bigtime of the Beeb. We were suckers for Received Pronunciation then. Still, Kiwis do the same thing in reverse, when we travel so good on them I say.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:08 AM on September 18, 2003


From Lynne Russell's bio: (thanks troybob)

Yet Lynne's world is more than meets the eye. For years she has successfully balanced her journalism career and motherhood with her other "occupations": deputy sheriff in Fulton County (Atlanta) Georgia as a jail officer, and licensed private investigator. She holds two black belts in the martial art Choi Kwang Do, and is a certified open water SCUBA diver.

All of this prompted her to write her inspirational first book, How to Win Friends, Kick Ass and Influence People (Dec. 1999, St. Martin's Press).

Any chance the Columbia School of Journalism will be sponsoring a Jell-o Wrestling match between her and Giselle Fernandez anytime soon? I can dream.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:12 AM on September 18, 2003


Shefali Oza and Sameena Ali-Khan are my local BBC news+weather readers.

Huzzah!!
posted by Pericles at 6:37 AM on September 18, 2003


The site has been MetaFiltered now... sigh... no BBC Babes for me, at least for another ten hours.
posted by adrianhon at 6:48 AM on September 18, 2003


Natasha Kaplinsky on BBC Breakfast.... <pun> She gets me up in the morning... </pun>
posted by wibbler at 2:37 PM on September 18, 2003


Lauren Taylor. Niff said.
posted by ciderwoman at 4:16 PM on September 18, 2003


posting inline images can lead to bad things and other things beginning with B, like being banned and growing bald

as long as there exists the remotest possibility of obtaining a boner, i shall be inlining virtually without surcease.


posted by quonsar at 5:44 PM on September 18, 2003


Might be a bit late, but I do have a bit of a crush on Jane Hill.

Aahhhhh.
posted by jackiemcghee at 10:48 PM on September 18, 2003


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