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    Most journalists travel abroad to put their lives in danger by reporting on conflicts such as the current Ukraine/Russia situation. Royal Correspondents on the other hand get to go on an all expenses paid holiday to report on what William and Kate are up to.

    This isn't a royal debate, its a debate about why we need a 'journalist' dedicated to following the royal family around, am I missing something or is there no real need for them to exist? We don't get a David Beckham journalist working for the BBC do we? The BBC would just assign one of their journalists to report on him if there was a newsworthy story about him on that day, why are the royals any different?
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    Enough people care about the Royal Family and would like to know what happens. Just as enough care about football or other sports, or about politics.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Enough people care about the Royal Family and would like to know what happens. Just as enough care about football or other sports, or about politics.
    Yep, whether you like them or not, you can't deny (although I'm sure many would try to) that the Royal Family are massive part of this country and many people do care about them, so if the demand is there, which it clearly still is after seeing how many people lap up Royal events like the weddings and the births, then why not have a dedicated journalist for them?
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    (Original post by justanotherposter)
    Most journalists travel abroad to put their lives in danger by reporting on conflicts such as the current Ukraine/Russia situation. Royal Correspondents on the other hand get to go on an all expenses paid holiday to report on what William and Kate are up to.

    This isn't a royal debate, its a debate about why we need a 'journalist' dedicated to following the royal family around, am I missing something or is there no real need for them to exist? We don't get a David Beckham journalist working for the BBC do we? The BBC would just assign one of their journalists to report on him if there was a newsworthy story about him on that day, why are the royals any different?
    Very few journalists out their life on the line. Very very few. and the ones I've had the displeasure of meeting in some if the more sandy places of the world where journalists go to to report on armed conflict tend to be egomaniacal idiots.

    We have royal reporters for the same reason we have sports journalists, business journalists and political journalists.

    There's a desire for the public to know about them and its best to have specialist journalists that know what they're talking about.
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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    Very few journalists out their life on the line. Very very few. and the ones I've had the displeasure of meeting in some if the more sandy places of the world where journalists go to to report on armed conflict tend to be egomaniacal idiots.
    Can't rep you, but I totally agree with this.
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    Whether we like it or not, the royals are news. They represent the commonwealth all around the world, from Australia to the UK. It makes sense to have someone record what the royals are doing and how they are representing us doesn't it? You could say the same about any correspondent. "Look at that sports correspondent, always watching sports, doing no work."

    What would happen if they was a royal scandal? Who would report it? The most obvious answer would be someone who is knowledgeable and specialises in the royal family.

    Basically, the royal family are news, whether we like it or not, and we need specialists to report on them.
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    So we can be fed the bull**** propaganda
 
 
 
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