P411 Teletext 419 Oct16 21:01:01    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS Martyn Lewis has escaped the whispering campaign against BBC newsreaders - but he's quick to leap to the defence of those who haven't been so lucky. Rumours that broadcasters such as fellow Six O'Clock News presenter Anna Ford are unpopular with viewers have outraged Martyn. "To suggest that Anna is not suited to presenting a top-rated programme is absolutely crazy," says Martyn. ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— By Linley Boniface Haven Family Holidays see ITV p270 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 419 Oct16 21:01:00    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS Martyn Lewis is particularly furious that BBC managers are believed to have spread the rumours about the alleged unpopularity of some news presenters. "It's a silly debate started by senior people - and we all know who they are," says Martyn. "I've been told the stories have come from people near the top, which I suppose explains why the BBC has been so slow to crush the rumours." ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— Fun & Games 150 Digitiser 670 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 419 Oct16 21:01:12    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS Although Martyn has escaped the current round of bad publicity, he's coped with flak in the past - especially over promoting more coverage of "good news". But a recent BBC strategy document backed up Martyn's claim that viewers wanted to see more postive stories. "When I started talking about it, there was some noisy, ill-informed criticism from half-a-dozen people," he says. ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— It's Your Life! 410 Entertainment 400 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Oct16 21:00:01    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS "I never said we should fill our bulletins with happy stories," says Martyn. "I just wanted a fairer balance between the positive and the negative." He believes reporters tend to focus on criticisms rather than achievements - but that lby be changing. "All sensible people in journalism have now realised that what I was saying was true. People finally understand what I was talking about," he says. ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Make the most of your money 540 IN-DEPTH TAROT READINGS p623 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 419 Oct16 21:02:03    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS Martyn's collected intervews with celebrities, Reflections On Success (Lennard Publishing, £12.99), has just come out in paperback. Most of the famous achievers Martyn interviewed agreed that perseverance was a crucial key to success. "Many of them had an inauspicious start to life - Anthony Hopkins was called a moron at school - but they were driven by sheer determination," he says. ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— The latest environmental news 160 WEST END AND REGIONAL THEATRE p450 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Oct16 21:00:00    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS In the past, Martyn has been criticised for writing books on cats and dogs in the news. "Some people used it to damage my professional credibility." He believes his six-hour broadcast on the morning of Princess Diana's death put an end to the carping. "That silenced my rather silly critics once and for all," he says. "Apart from a couple of journalistic idiots, I've had no repetition of that." ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Who's making news on US TV? 116 SOUNDEST PAGE ON THE PLANET p480 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 419 Oct16 21:00:00    ——————————————————————————————————————— MARTYN LEWIS Martyn is proud of founding YouthNet, an Internet site for young people, but yearns for a similar challenge at work. "One of my greatest frustrations is that I haven't been able to combine mx managerial and journalistic skills to run something," says Martyn. "Of the 70 people I approached for my book, 67 agreed to an interview. It's sad I've not been asked to do something that makes use of that sort of power." ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Travel back in time on page 667 MEGA-ZINE: IT'S YOUR SHOUT p142 Penpals Gardens Recipe Total Ents