BBC's Kate Silverton turns down chauffeur-driven car - she'd rather go by bike

News anchor one of growing number of occupants of BBC Breakfast sofa turning to pedal power

by Simon_MacMichael   June 7, 2010  

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BBC Breakfast presenter Kate Silverton last week turned down the offer of a chauffeur-driven car to take her to a book launch – because she preferred to get there under her own steam using pedal power.

Speaking to The Mirror’s Dean Piper as she packed her rucksack to ride home from the launch of Katie Nicholl’s book William and Harry, Silverton explained: "I've cycled for miles today and do a load of cycling each week. I got a call this evening saying do you want a car to the event? But I turned it down. I'm fine on my bike."

Silverton first revealed herself to be a keen cyclist when she was interviewed for a ‘My Perfect Weekend’ feature published last August in the Daily Telegraph, in which she said that on Sundays, she and her fiancé “often cycle to Richmond Park and meet up with a group of friends for a picnic."

She continued: "I'm a huge cycling enthusiast and ideally I'd like to own three bikes. I have this fantasy about having an old Pashley – the sit up and beg type – and peddling [sic] to my home in the country with my whippet in the basket.”

Whether it’s down to the fact that they have to get up at an ungodly hour to get to the studio, or the need to get out and exercise after spending the working day sitting on a sofa, the BBC Breakfast show does seem to attract more than its fair share of cyclists.

Former presenter Dermot Murnaghan, now with Sky, is a self-confessed cycling nut, and last year, regularly commuting by bicycle more than 30 miles a day from his home in North London to the Sky TV studios, and last year “did a Tebbit” by getting on his bike to ride around the West Country to report on the effects of the recession. He also took part in former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio’s Cycle Slam earlier this year.

Meanwhile, in 2007, BBC Breakfast's sports reporter Chris Hollins and weather presenter Carol Kirkwood undertook a tandem ride from Edinburgh to Glasgow to raise money for Children in Need.

And Mike Bushell, who in the weekend sports slot gets to try out a new sport each week, has tried his hand at cyclocross, roller racing courtesy of Rollapaluza, and last year even tackled Mont Ventoux, as shown in the linked video.

 

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"Peddling to my home in the country?"

Oh dear, do you mean "pedalling"?

Simon Mason, Kingston upon Hull

posted by swldxer [34 posts]
7th June 2010 - 10:15

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Good spot, Simon - though we'll give the Daily Telegraph credit for the confusion Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7933 posts]
7th June 2010 - 11:13

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"I've cycled for miles today and do a load of cycling each week." Probably should be 'four miles'.

posted by amazon22 [150 posts]
7th June 2010 - 13:32

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"Good spot, Simon - though we'll give the Daily Telegraph credit for the confusion."

Indeed, I read the original article in the Telegraph. Professional journos, eh?

Simon Mason, Kingston upon Hull

posted by swldxer [34 posts]
7th June 2010 - 14:10

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Has anyone noticed the huge amount of padding added to TV programmes these days by including footage of the presenter driving somewhere? It came in with the move away from hiring experts to present documentaries, and I guess was intended to re-enforce the concept that the presenter is an Everyman on a Voyage of Discovery. But now even a programme about quantum mechanics, presented by a leading theoretical physicist, seemingly must include shots of him driving along a motorway in Denmark talking about his emotions at visiting Copenhagen, and shots of him driving a 4x4 up a mountain, talking at length about how the air is thin, so he can deliver two lines about how atomic physics informed cosmology in front a random big telescope. I guess Dermot Murnaghan's "Economic Cycle" was just another version of this trend.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
7th June 2010 - 14:15

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Yes, it's bloody irritating. The other one that gets my goat is news anchor/studio person talks to reporter expert, who tells him that Fred Bloggs has indeed bitten his dog and the person in the studio then re-casts what the reporter has just told him as a question back to the reporter who then repeats what he just said using a slightly different set of words… only slghtly different mind about the dog biting incident without telling you any more the second time than he did the first.

Sports reports are the worst for this, basically cos they've got hours of airtime to fill with not very much news at all. The pre-tournament coverage of the World Cup so far has been a veritable feast of this it's so light on actual facts it's almost content free.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
7th June 2010 - 16:30

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If you're not allowed to use a mobile phone while driving, I'm pretty sure you shouldn't be doing a piece to camera... it's not just the Top Gear boys either (who at least are probably better than average at handling a car, not that that matters) but pretty much every reporter.

From memory, Ray Snoddy brought this up on Newswatch one Saturday morning following a viewer's complaint but the producer they wheeled in to respond just shrugged it off.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7933 posts]
7th June 2010 - 16:46

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Lazy, cookie-cutter TV news reporting has become so easy to identify and parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHun58mz3vI

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
7th June 2010 - 17:04

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handlebarcam wrote:
Lazy, cookie-cutter TV news reporting has become so easy to identify and parody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHun58mz3vI

I was pretty sure that was going to be the Charlie Brooker clip even before I clicked on it - great piece of TV Big Grin

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7933 posts]
8th June 2010 - 6:37

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She looks remarkably well groomed, and lacking in helmet hair, for a bike commuter.

posted by wild man [279 posts]
8th June 2010 - 14:59

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If it's helmet hair you want, have a look at Vino in picture # 12 in this cracking set of shots from the Giro (warning: also includes bloke in Borat mankini):

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/bigshots/2010/06/giro_ditalia_2010.html

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7933 posts]
8th June 2010 - 15:35

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