In yesterday’s post ,Pitching the News, I said that Five’s decision to pay one million pounds for their anchor showed their understanding of pitching. Today’s announcement of viewing figures for the first month confirm that it was indeed an inspired decision.
“High Five for Natasha as ratings rocket 72%”, a headline in London Life.
Importantly, the figures out yesterday suggest the majority of new viewers are staying with her daily 7pm news bulletin. She is reported as saying it is ‘a credit to what the team is doing’ which is nice of her. However, in reality ,the success is down to her, the way she tells it and the emotional (and valuable) connection she is establishing with her viewers, many already loyal fans.
Watch this space for the next pitch battle for TV news audiences!