Presenting BBC1’s flagship news bulletins at 6pm and then 10pm is clearly a demanding job but newsreader Fiona Bruce appears to have found the perfect way to ease the stress: slip over the road for a cheeky snifter.
Bruce, who also presents Antiques Roadshow on BBC1, tells this week’s Radio Times that the relocation of the BBC’s news operation to its gleaming new headquarters in the refurbished New Broadcasting House has the advantage of being near to one of London’s best hotel bars.
“If I’m doing the six o’clock and ten o’clock bulletins, I can slip out in between to the Langham hotel bar across the road and have an evening cocktail,” she tells the magazine.
Asked whether she is worried about staying sharp she adds: “I only ever have the one”.
Bruce, who recently turned 50, has been presenting the six o’clock bulletin more frequently lately, filling in for George Alagiah, who is receiving treatment for bowel cancer.
She also reveals that she would she not like to be the new Jeremy Paxman as the lead presenter of BBC2’s Newsnight.
“It’s not on my radar, no,” she says. “I haven’t even thought about it. Because I love doing the six and the ten; it has a huge audience, so that’s quite a big thing to give up, that big an audience.”
She adds that she has turned down every celebrity TV show she has been asked to appear on, including Strictly Come Dancing.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.