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#41 Houston

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:13 AM

Well, I'm not in the admire column.
Only miss him as a showcase for Hala's one of a kind snark she has with no one else.
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:56 AM

Quirky Quest reveals his winning ways

Nishika Patel

Monday, November 12, 2007

CNN presenter Richard Quest, famed for bringing a quirky, unorthodox reporting style to news broadcasting, noted recently that viewers either admired or loathed him.
And, meeting him in person, it was apparent why his highly animated, eccentric presenting style may not be palatable to all.

But there was also no doubt why the 45-year-old has managed to draw in viewers worldwide over the past seven years to become one of CNN's most- watched anchors. Hosting programs such as Business Traveller and the feature program Quest, the lawyer has quizzed some of the world's most powerful and famous. His personal favorites include the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama, Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and former US president Bill Clinton.

"People either love me or hate me ... People expect something from me and when they don't get it they feel disappointed. They expect something out of the left curve, something a bit different.

"A lot of people won't be interviewed by me because of that. They don't know where I'm going to go with the interview," he boomed.

That direct humor and bold manner is traced to what the former BBC presenter called his "northern" roots - having grown up in Leeds and Liverpool in England. "What I bring, that others don't, is a good dose of northern commonsense, especially when I get an arrogant minister or pompous chief executive," he said. Quest was in Hong Kong as part of a six- week tour of Asia.

Uncovering his strategy for his most difficult interviews, he said a bit of role play usually helped. "The most challenging ones are where the person has been extremely well interviewed before. The art then is to knock them off their stride," he said.

Quest reckons CNN's next big challenge would be mastering the interactive dimension to broadcasting. "CNN invented this business and we have adapted and changed. Twenty years ago, CNN was a one-way street. Now you have all these different ways in which the viewer can interact back at us and it's a very powerful dialogue that can take place if both sides manage it properly."


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Posted 12 November 2007 - 05:35 PM

I remember when I started watching CNN, seeing Becky & Richard on BizNews I thoughty what a crazy channel this is. But I started loving the channel thanks to them too.
We'll back tomorrow , if they let us out of our cages. - Monita and Owen on CNN Today, 2008.

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:14 AM

Yes, finally Richard is back on CNN Today just like I expected. It was a great show as always with him, he even made Sasha look interesting and charming. Many great moments this morning but the best part was the ending with Richard,Sasha and Pedro imitating the Queen's voice and wishing us Happy Christmas. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:21 AM

What a thrill for Ginnyfan, it would have been for me too if I had seen it. :( Anyone sitting next to Questy immediately becomes more watchable even that dreary Sasha.

This time two years ago Questy and dazzling charmer Andrea Sanke were doing CNN Today. Happy times,happy times :D
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#46 ginnyfan

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:30 AM

You can watch him tomorrow and all this week Spitfire.
I just wish they would bring him back for good. My perfect CNN Today would be with Richard, Monita, Pedro & Jenny.
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Posted 24 December 2007 - 09:54 AM

I am looking forward to see him anchoring from Davos for the next World economic forum

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Posted 25 December 2007 - 09:28 AM

Lots of Quest's shows today, including CNN Business Traveller and Quest... More importantly, he checks the headlines with us of the morning hours... Nice day for Quest's Fans!!

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:47 PM

Richard this morning.



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Posted 28 December 2007 - 05:39 AM

Today we saw Richard's serious side when he was reporting the news of Bhutto's death.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:00 AM

Today we saw Richard's serious side when he was reporting the news of Bhutto's death.

Richard has a serious side? What has the world come to.

PS; How could I have missed Richard on what looked like CNN Today!!

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 05:36 AM

Richard doing 'Headlines' after the NYE bash! I was staying up late to finally see CNN Today with Monita and Max, but Richard was good too :P

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 02:18 PM

I saw him too and was shocked, I expected Owen . I guess no sleep for Richard last night. Maybe this is a good sign, maybe we'll se him more often.
We'll back tomorrow , if they let us out of our cages. - Monita and Owen on CNN Today, 2008.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 04:40 PM

I saw him too and was shocked, I expected Owen . I guess no sleep for Richard last night. Maybe this is a good sign, maybe we'll se him more often.

Agreed! I have to say though... it catches me off guard when he is 'seriously' reading the news

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 06:04 PM

I'm not suprised, he always had his serious side, I think he's even to serious sometimes.
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Posted 21 January 2008 - 03:19 PM

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My Life In Media: Richard Quest
'Find something interesting or important in the world and go and tell the rest of the world about it and why it matters. Simple. I love it'
Published: 21 January 2008
Richard Quest, 45, is one of the faces of CNN. The British reporter has become one of the network's highest profile presenters with his own hour-long feature programme, Quest. He also covers breaking news and business stories, including last week's crash landing at Heathrow.

As a business travel specialist, Quest has become a voice of authority on subjects such as the launch of the Airbus A380; as a news correspondent he travelled across the US to gauge public feeling in the build-up to the 2004 presidential election and also anchored CNN's coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II, live from Rome. He will lead CNN International's coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos from tomorrow until Sunday. He was born in Liverpool, and lives in central London.

What inspired you to embark on a media career?

I have always loved broadcasting as a child in Liverpool I would wake up and listen to Morning Merseyside on BBC Radio Merseyside and wonder, "how do they do that?" Then, living in Leeds, I joined St James's Hospital radio. There is something magical about the whole idea of sound being carried over the air, even though St James's fired me when I was only 15 for scandalising the older volunteers with my youthful banter. As most in the media will recognise, there's always a running conflict between the old dears and the youthful wannabees!

When you were 15 years old, which newspaper did your family get, and did you read it?

We were a Daily Express family in the days of the old broadsheet and I read it religiously. I loved reading Jean Rook, the "First Lady of Fleet Street". Once I met her and I remember that raspy voice saying that what she wrote may end up wrapping fish and chips, but it was the best thing you could wrap them in! After it became tabloid, we moved to The Daily Telegraph.

And what were your favourite TV and radio programmes?

On radio I loved Noel Edmonds's Radio 1 breakfast show and Tony Blackburn. I can still hear those bloody jingles deep in my brain. On telly, Crown Court, remember that? If you skived off school, you could watch another leading case from the Fulchester courtroom. Also, The Champions and The Saint. And there was that Friday-night drama slot at 9pm on ITV with programmes like Within These Walls, Justice and Hadleigh.

Describe your job?

Find something interesting or important in the world and go and tell the rest of the world about it and why it matters. Simple. I love it.

What's the first media you turn to in the mornings?

It depends where I am in the world. Obviously, my own network, CNN, to see what we are leading on. Then on to the opposition to see if they are, too....

Do you consult any media sources during the day?

Of course, I am a journalist. Usually CNN.com on my PDA and, when I can, all the major sites and news networks. I may believe we are the best, but I am not arrogant enough to believe we are the only one!

What is the best thing about your job?

Telling people something they don't know. Journalists are authoritative gossips "Psst, have you heard? Since you went to bed this has happened. Well, let me tell you..."

And the worst?

When nothing has happened and you have to keep broadcasting about it, when you have to keep the story going until something does actually happen and, in the meantime, you have to make it sound interesting.

How do you feel you influence the media?

Working for CNN you help set the agenda for decision makers and industry leaders simply by doing your job. What the network covers and how we cover it affects people. I am not naive enough to believe I work in some "pure" news vacuum.

What's the proudest achievement in your working life?

The first time I heard a Radio 4 newsreader say "...as Richard Quest now reports" on air. Unfortunately, because I was unknown to her, she said it with that "and who is this oik?" tone that only those in the business can discern.

And what's your most embarrassing moment?

Starting a live interview with someone and realising they were the wrong guest for the wrong segment and having to work out live why I was interviewing them. There is no easy way to do that! Oh, and nearly trying to "vox pop" the Queen Mother.

What is your Sunday paper? And do you have a favourite magazine?

I don't like the Sunday newspapers I read them because I have to. Sunday Times, Telegraph, Independent on Sunday I find them heavy and too much! I prefer The Economist.

Name the one career ambition you want to realise before you retire?

To get a chance to interview a president any president of the United States in the Oval Office.

What would you do if you didn't work in the media?

Be a flight attendant. To work with those magical flying machines every day and see the world.

Who in the media do you most admire and why?

David Dimbleby. For sheer broadcasting elegance and ability he cannot be beaten. I listen to his interviews and watch his live election presentation in awe.

The CV

1985 Joins the BBC as a news trainee, focusing on business journalism.

1987 Becomes part of the BBC's financial unit, later appointed to North America business correspondent.

2001 Joins CNN International to front the network's live business programming, co-anchoring Business International. Reports on many of the major news events of recent years, including the Iraq war and the death of Yasser Arafat.

2004 Travels across the USA to hear what voters think about impending presidential election.

2005 Becomes the face of Quest, CNN's monthly feature programme which sees him travel the globe on a "quest" to find out more about a specific topic. Quest also fronts CNN Business Traveller.


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Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:58 PM

I wonder what happened to "American Quest". He ran some reports like in January(from Berkeley College), but he completely disppeared after that. Maybe in the general elections.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 08:26 AM

I wonder what happened to "American Quest". He ran some reports like in January(from Berkley College), but he completely disppeared after that. Maybe in the general elections.



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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:58 PM

Great to see Richard in the London studio today.






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Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:44 PM

If I could have anyone's job at CNNi, it would definitely be Richards. He gets to talk about airplanes, travel and airports (I happen to love all of those things!). He also gets to play with model planes on the job, not too bad!



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