February 21, 2004
Ah: Nina Hossein

There is a quirky aspect of national television broadcasting in UK - especially on the terrestrial channels: BBC1 and ITV1. And it is this: when the national evening news programmes are being broadcast - e.g. the BBC 10 O‘clock News - right at the very end of the programme - the “national” broadcast switches to “local” for around 5 minutes. The idea is that everybody in the country is watching the same thing for most of the programme - and then in the last five minutes the broadcast changes so that what you see for those five minutes depends on where in the country you are viewing the programme from. e.g. if you are watching in Birmingham you will get local “BBC Birmingham” news for the last five minutes. If you are in Manchester - you will get local “BBC Manchester” news for the last five minutes - and so on and so on.

Each of these local news bulletins are hosted by a “local” BBC crew, with different presenters and different BBC-esque style branding etc. This is the “grass roots” of BBC TV journalism. All the big, famous, national TV presenters probably worked there way up through these local outfits. Of course, since I live in London - my lcoal BBC crew go by the branding “BBC London” - which for some strange reason has decided to adopt the branding acronym of “BBC LDN”. Not quite sure what the reason for that is - but you do get used it I suppose.

Anyway - getting to the point: there is particular Asian lady presenter on BBC London that I always really look forward to watching. And her name is Nina Hossein. I am hoping that she will make it to the national TV schedule some day. The news can be quite depressing most of the time - but when Nina tells it - the news is always good. Maybe it’s me? Maybe when Nina tells it I don’t quite hear it - or maybe I’m just not listening? Alas - I only get 5 minutes of her on most days. The good news is that I have got a Tivo - so I record those five minutes of Nina automatically every day. But that’s not because I like to watch her over and over again - it’s so that I can get to watch her when Ms.79 isn’t around …

The really nice Nina Hossein from BBC LDN news.
(Picture taken from the website stated below)

It seems that I am not the only one who looks forward to Nina Hossein. You can find some more great pics of her presenting the news at: http://geocities.com/currentbunsuk1/nina2.html.

Posted by jag at February 21, 2004 10:48 AM

Ha ha. I had to smile when I saw this Jag. I too enjoy the all too brief appearances of Hossein while I eat my breakfast. She always looks more awake/together than the ladies who do the travel updates ;-) And always so well attired…

Posted by: Stu on February 21, 2004 03:14 PM

Nice info on how the local news broadcasting works - Here we have one news channel, managed by the same broadcasting company for each of the South Indian languages, viz. Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and so on; but the national news does get spread to all the languages.
P.S - hope Ms. 79 isn’t reading this either. ;-)

Posted by: sat on February 21, 2004 04:11 PM

that’s so cute! heheheee..;)

Posted by: Shobha on February 21, 2004 05:02 PM

lol @ I hope Ms. 79 isn’t reading this.

Posted by: Remi on February 21, 2004 08:59 PM

It must be her beautiful eyes … casting a spell on you guys :) A delicate waif like Asian version of Angelina Jolie, if I may say so!!

Posted by: Ritu on February 22, 2004 12:43 AM

:) Hope she makes it to the National TV so that guys like me in South West can see her too!

Posted by: Chakra on February 23, 2004 09:41 AM

Stu: Agreed - very well attired she is too.

Sat/Remi: She knows already. She switches channels at the end of the news these days! But she hasn’t worked out how to set the Tivo yet!

Shobha: yes - she is really cute!

Ritu: I think you’re right - it’s the eyes for sure.

Chakra: you might be able to get London BBC if you use Sky? Otherwise you could always try moving home so that you are within range of her broadcasts?

Posted by: Jag on February 23, 2004 04:37 PM

Mmmmm, Nina.…

Posted by: James on February 23, 2004 08:00 PM

Mmmmmmmm .… :-)

Posted by: Jag on February 23, 2004 09:32 PM

So I’m not the only one enchanted by the lovely Nina.It’s always disappointing when someone else is reading the London news.I do worry when I see her on the TV at 10.25 and get up the following morning to find her on again at 7.25.I do hope she’s getting her beauty sleep.

Posted by: Dave Robins on April 8, 2004 06:20 PM

Hi Dave - oh yes, you are most definitely not alone!

Do you know what - I haven’t even thought about her beauty sleep - but now you mention it - I sure do hope she sleeps well!

Thanks for your comment - and I really hope that Nina drops by here someday …

Posted by: Jag on April 8, 2004 07:24 PM

wow.., she looks much nicer in this snap with than with the slightly longer hair she has at the moment.

Posted by: The Mullen on April 12, 2004 09:52 PM

Hi “The Mullen” - I agree - she looks much nicer with shorter hair. Maybe we should ask her to get her hair cut.

Posted by: Jag on April 13, 2004 07:37 AM

I KNEW there would be a page about her somewhere on the ‘net. Anyone remember her heavy eye make-up stage about a year ago - she looks much better now - very sexy.

Posted by: James on July 16, 2004 11:36 PM

well done mate…she’s buff enough to deserve a stalker.

Posted by: kips on September 6, 2004 04:10 PM

Now that Nina is doing the ITN News us Londoners are going to have to share her with the rest of the country.She’s no longer our little secret.I can’t begrudge her the promotion but Breakfast TV will never be the same!

Posted by: Dave Robins on November 23, 2004 03:48 PM
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