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ITV News and the Isle of Man | RTS Isle of Man

 

ITV News and the Isle of Man look at how covering the pandemic from both sides of the Irish Sea with Head of News Lucy West and Granada’s Isle of Man reporter Josh Stokes, hosted by Hosted by Ex Granada and BBC North West correspondent Paul Moulton.

The panel looks at the bigger picture of reporting the very diverse region on a regular basis and finding out about those challenges where the Isle of Man makes up only about 1% of the audience. 

RTS Isle of Man talks regional news during the pandemic

Unlike the currently highly infectious North West of England, the Isle of Man has been free of Covid-19 since the start of June.

“It’s a global pandemic but the Isle of Man has had its own story. We’re the first place in the British Isles that removed social distancing…It’s been a unique experience,” said Stokes, who is in his first TV job.

“I’m so lucky to have a job here at the right time… on a story this big.”

Journalism masterclass with Rageh Omaar

Nuala McGovern and Rageh Omaar (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Why he wanted to be a journalist: I was born in Somalia where my father was part of the independence movement and a businessman who spent a lot of time in the UK. He moved us to the UK where I was educated.

Around our kitchen table we’d discuss what was happening in the world. That was where I first became interested in international news and the day’s big issues such as apartheid and Nelson Mandela and revolutions in the Middle East.

Tom Bradby on rebuilding ITV News

As the face of ITV’s flagship news programme and the moderator of ITV’s political discussion programme The Agenda – an experience he sometimes compares to “refereeing a really bad tempered football game”, Bradby is in the driving seat of television news.

“We have a lot of really high quality people,” he begins. “I am effectively a conductor, saying ‘I’ve got this brilliant cellist, this brilliant violinist.’”

2016 in review: Welcome to the post-truth world

Zika

The first big story of the year was the Zika virus. It yielded moving pictures of troubled mothers and their babies, with malformed brains. It prompted near pandemonium, however, when speculation spread that it might disrupt the Olympic Games. 

There was also the continuing Ebola virus outbreak which had, in 2014, seen British servicemen and women come to the aid of folk in faraway places. That included the building of hospitals, which were staffed by brave medics, many taking time out from the NHS.