What a fine presenter [Ian Skelly] is. His stand-in for Petroc Trelawny this morning was a model of professionalism and restrained good humour, rounded off by his spontaneous roar of laughter in response to the gun shot at the end of the last track played (finale of the Toy Symphony).
At the risk of sounding chauvinist, I would be very happy if, of the current crop of Breakfast presenters, Skelly and Trelawny were to alternate during the week, with Martin Handley as permanent a fixture as his time allows at the weekends. For me, Sara Mohr-Pietsch has never seemed to be able to find the right, or even an authentic, 'voice' for the programme (even though her talents are amply displayed elsewhere, for example on Hear and Now), and the same applies to Clemency Burton-Hill at weekends.
Of course the programme is plagued by supposedly audience-friendly 'initiatives' which have been discussed at length on these boards, and over which the presenters may well have little control. But I have the impression that Skelly, Trelawny and Handley manage to deal with these far more successfully than the other two. Yet Skelly seems to be sidelined. I wonder why.