Is Chris Smith leaving Newsbeat?
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Okay, a slightly clickbaity title. But here it goes: not moving to the breakfast show with Greg, the picture on the website being briefly changed and then changed back, having worked at Radio 1 for ten years, seven of those reading the afternoon news. And this...

So it could be one of several things: 

1) They're announcing Greg's start date and that Chris Smith WILL be joining him after all.

2) He's being promoted to an off-air role so it's his last Newsbeat.

3) He's leaving Newsbeat so it's his last Newsbeat.

Intriguing...

 

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Interesting. I get a weird feeling that it could be his final Newsbeat (as host) but hope that’s not the case!

Also, doesn’t he usually not present Fridays? So it seems like it could be a ‘special’ of some kind

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8 minutes ago, OohErr said:

Okay, a slightly clickbaity title. But here it goes: not moving to the breakfast show with Greg, the picture on the website being briefly changed and then changed back, having worked at Radio 1 for ten years, seven of those reading the afternoon news. And this...

So it could be one of several things: 

1) They're announcing Greg's start date and that Chris Smith WILL be joining him after all.

2) He's being promoted to an off-air role so it's his last Newsbeat.

3) He's leaving Newsbeat so it's his last Newsbeat.

Intriguing...

 

I really hope, in the final minute of Newsbeat, Chris gets joined by Greg (even though he's on leave) and says something like "Today is my last day... for a few weeks, then I'll be back with Greg in September. SURPRISE!"

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Oh man, that’s quite a shock! Not so much about Tina (that’s largely expected) but Chris Smith going is a surprise.

I wonder if he’ll be staying at the BBC. The talk of the podcast’s future would suggest possibly.

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I did drop him a DM from the @SaveGregChris account and he said he was staying at Newsbeat but just giving up on-air duties. He's the best they've got, he'll be missed for sure. 

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15 minutes ago, rickbutterfield said:

Doesn't seem to have been any announcement in Newsbeat?

EDIT: Realised it's tomorrow not today

Yeah tomorrow's 545 newsbeat

I'd have thought they'll announce when Greg and Grimmy start and who their teams will be and all, Grimmy was saying this morning about he has a new producer so suspect Chris Sawyer is moving to breakfast with Greg 

 

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8 minutes ago, OohErr said:

A lovely tribute to Chris Smith on Newsbeat right now. He really is the best.

I am comforted by the fact he's just moving behind the scenes 'for a bit' (I hope he gets behind the mic soon!), but it's also a huge loss.

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3 hours ago, Lee E said:

Tina doesn't seem to have been mentioned at all either, loads of Chris smith stuff but no Tina 

I guess Tina wasn't as much a part of the Newsbeat team as Chris, partly because of the hours she does mean she's finished just as most of the team are starting and also because she's had a foot out of the door for the last couple of years now.

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Chris leaving is sad news. I’m in mourning. He can’t go! He IS Newsbeat. I can understand Tina going after all the online stuff that’s been floating around recently, but a Chris to?! Noooooooo!

2 of the best presenters gone. No offence to the others but if they haven’t got annoying accents they can’t fade in the jingle with their intro headline properly. Grinds my gears that latter one...

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