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A BBC editor revealed, what news reader are advised to wear

A BBC Smith editor has revealed in his leaked email what clothes news readers are advised to wear or more importantly not to wear when show is on air .

Smith clarified in his email that his suggestions were intended to be a starting point, and he encouraged recipients to pitch in with other wardrobe ideas.

Smith suggested this view based on long experiences of getting it wrong and very occasionally right both reporting and presenting…

So here are the suggestions what clothes a news anchor should wear:

  • Women newsreaders should have a smart jacket, including ‘at least one black for some serious topic debate
  • Ankle length trousers.
  • Smart knee or ankle high boots.
  • Block color clothes.
  • Simple make-up.
  • Well-fitted suits.


Smith also recommended women’s hair be shoulder length to a news reader.

Smith explained I wore mine below shoulder length for years. It was a nightmare and required a ridiculous level of attention. Shoulder length and above is easier to cope with.

Talking about the outdoor reporters, More casual wear such as jeans, waterproofs, and Wellington boots were deemed acceptable for outside reports.

Trainers were advised against unless it was a story about running.



  • Patterned clothes
  • Jewellery
  • Leather and faux leather
  • PVC
  • Sunglasses
  • Trainers
  • Flip-flops
  • Sandals
  • Chinos
  • Shorts
  • Elaborate make-up
  • Boldly coloured or patterned tights
  • Cardigans


As this is the BBC, clothing with logos were also on the ‘never’ list.

The email also explained that ‘even the very nicest’ cardigans from M&S ‘in real life look too casual’.

A spokesperson for the BBC told the Mirror:

This informal advice was shared with a small number of staff who appear onscreen about what does and doesn’t work on camera or under TV lighting.

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