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Friday, 11 May, 2001, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
New face for BBC arts news
Robert Nisbet
Robert Nisbet in action for BBC Choice's Liquid News
Reporter Robert Nisbet is to become entertainment correspondent for BBC One's Six O'Clock News.

Nisbet, 32, has already worked on the BBC's main bulletins as well as BBC News 24. He is currently chief reporter on BBC Choice's Liquid News programme.

Newspaper reports suggested current arts correspondent Rosie Millard was upset by the news.

She told the Press Association news agency: "This really cuts across my brief.

"I have done entertainment stories with enthusiasm for six years and I have worked really hard in doing it."

But a BBC spokesman stressed that Millard will continue to be seen on screen.

'Renewed commitment'

"Rosie Millard is a senior arts correspondent and she will continue to be a familiar face on screen, reporting on arts stories for TV news programmes across the day including Breakfast, the Ten O'Clock News, and on Radio Five Live," said the spokesman.

"When the Six O'Clock News was relaunched in May 1998 there was a renewed commitment to the arts, entertainment and popular culture, which audiences are very interested in.

Rosie Millard
Millard has covered a host of events for the BBC

"Robert's appointment fits in with this."

Millard has become a well-known figure at arts events from the Cannes Film Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe, and received much attention when she wore a Vivienne Westwood dress to the 2001 Oscars ceremony.

In 1998, an Aberdeen University student created a website dedicated to the reporter, dubbing her "pure televisual Viagra".

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