UPDATE – The bush telegraph has been working overtime and apparently my antennae is not up to scratch. Firstly my apologies to Adam Parsons, who I thought was 5-live through and through. I am told he has a good following and is well fancied. Also Louise Cooper is an outsider with work to do on her current handicap mark and though very talented, this is a step up in class as they say in horse racing parlance.
I was watching a very average Capital One Cup Final; so my mind started to wander. Consequently I have decided to be playful and price up a market on Simon Jack’s successor as Today’s business presenter as if I were acting as a bookmaker. I was one, once upon a time. However I do not want any emails or messages informing me that I’ve got my ‘over and arounds’ wrong!
With Simon Jack about to step in to the polished Kamal Ahmed’s boots as Business editor, I wondered who might be under consideration by James Harding and James Purnell as a likely successor as business presenter on BBC Today and copious other business radio programmes – A prestigious appointment in terms of professional prestige and kudos.
You might be forgiven for thinking that there are several in house candidates – all excellent – very polished, knowledgeable and qualified for that position – Joe Lynam, Tanya Beckett, Jonty Bloom and Matt Price immediately come to mind. And if you are looking for 2 for the future Victoria Fritz and Ben Thompson would tick all the boxes.
However the BBC never tend to make matters easy for themselves. In recent years they have made senior appointments from outside the corporation if Messrs Peston, Ahmed and Kuenssberg are anything to go by and one gets the impression that James Harding, Head of News at the BBC is always looking outside for candidates.
So here are ‘my runners and riders’ based on my diseased ridden mind working overtime.
JOE LYNAM – 7/2 – 4/1
TANYA BECKETT – 7/2 – 4/1
ADAM PARSONS – 4/1
JONTY BLOOM – 11/2
SIMON ENGLISH (TIMES) – 6/1
MATT PRICE – 7/1
HUGO DUNCAN (DAILY MAIL) – 8/1
VICTORIA FRITZ – 8/1
LOUISE COOPER – 12/1
JAMES MOORE (INDEPENDENT) – 12/1 – 20/1