Which Radio 1 newsreaders are top of their game?
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It's nice to hear Chris Smith on breakfast this week while Scott and Chris are sitting in for Grimmy. It's got me thinking about who could be the next breakfast newsreader, should Tina move on (and given her impressive CV she continues to build up). 

Chris is probably one of my favourite newsreaders and has a great rapport with Greg, but who else could you see moving on up?

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Not Anna, she's unfortunately not got a great voice for it. I think the Welsh guy's pretty good. 

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On 8/20/2016 at 10:17 PM, matthewm192 said:

That'd be Steffan Powell, who's currently at GameCon in Germany for Newsbeat

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Steffan does stand out - I guess that could be the Welsh accent - but he seems to gel with the on-air presenters too.

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Anna, despite the slightly gravelly voice seems to be the up and coming newsreader - seems to be the regular dep for Tina on breakfast and Chris in the afternoons. I'd hope Chris stays with Greg, wherever he ends up. Cat Collins has quite a good newsreading voice, Declan Harvey is always lovely to listen to as is Steffan, Jonathan Blake and Steve Holden are good too although it really annoys me when Steve does the entertainment news on breakfast cause he does this really odd thing with his voice where it sounds like he's permanently about to start laughing. And I love Duncan Middleton, but he's not on very often. His chats with Greg on early breakfast were great.

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Don't forget about Nesta McGregor! He's doing the entertainment on the big two Newsbeats and a bit of newsreading on Scotts show as well. Very good at that! 

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I do think Chris Smith is the best and Tina is excellent in the mornings. Both will be big losses if they leave (Tina seems to be opening other doors and doing more and more outside Newsbeat so her departure might not be too far away). Chris Smith would definitely go to breakfast with Greg if he got it. 

In terms of news bulletins alone, I think Kat Collins, Steve Holden and Ben Mundy are probably my favourites. Jonathan Blake, James Waterhouse, Lynsey Brown, Duncan Middleton, Anna Collinson and Steffan Powell all deliver consistently good bulletins too.

Don't think Steffan will get it- he's good but in small doses. I don't think most people could listen to him doing the news 5 days a week with such a strong accent.

When it comes to choosing a new Tina, it's more than just "who's a good newsreader?" They'll be presenting the flagship Newsbeat programme (which requires creativity and being good at engaging listeners as well as being an excellent presenter), doing live Newsbeat TV debates at election times and being the face of Newsbeat. Anna seems to be getting a push as she covers Chris Smith quite a bit and did the Radio 4 30-minute link-up special. She doesn't stand out to me, though.

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Chris Smith with the News is obviously the king of news but I've always been a fan of Jonathan Blake since he was on Greg's early breakfast show - I'm sure he's now moved to the Political Editor post so perhaps unlikely to be on breakfast should Tina move on however.

Steffan is definitely distinctive, great chemistry with Matt Edmondson.

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