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The new Five News has broken the mould of news bulletins. Macho newshounds may sneer, but viewers like it, and other broadcasters may follow

By Peter Bazalgette   April 2008

“Her blouse was unbuttoned well south of Watford… [her hair had] been sprayed more heavily than a Kray gang getaway car…. there’s more pancake on that poor woman’s face than at a Shrove Tuesday cook-in… as for that lip gloss, I haven’t seen a slick that bad since the Exxon Valdez oil tanker broke up.”

Who wrote this of whom? It’s perhaps not too difficult to spot the characteristic charm of the Daily Mail. But the target may be harder to identify. It is, in fact, the news presenter Natasha Kaplinsky (pictured, below right), who has just launched a made-over…

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