Editorial: Sir Paul Holmes (1950-2013)

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7th February, 2013
We weren’t quite ready for Paul Holmes when he barged into our living rooms in 1989 – but we were considerably less ready to lose the brash, brainy and sentimental broadcaster when he died last week. Holmes, who changed the face of prime-time television in this country, instinctively grasped what American and British news gurus had been laboriously mining from focus groups and polls for years: that news and current affairs must engage with the viewer on a personal and thoughtfully nuanced level if it is to survive the ratings wars. Those who initially accused him of ego-driven populism ...

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