King Six wrote: richard_leeds wrote:
andartop wrote:Now, everybody knows that British TV commentators love to talk about British drivers, but I think today it got beyond the point of silliness ..
It seems to be a Croft disease. Croft is the problem, Brundle is more balanced. You should listen to the BBC radio commentary by pressing the red button on your telly. Its very good, great tech info from Anthony Davidson, and none of that hysteric-I've-got-TO-RAISE-MY-VOICE-BECAUSE-THERE-IS-A-CAR-10-SECS-BEHIND-ANOTHER-WITH-2-LAPS-LEFT-AND-THEY-MIGHT-OVERTAKE-THEM-SOON
that you get on the telly.
Anyway, it not just the BBC, I've had the fate of watching F1 on German and Spanish TV in the Schumi and Alonso championship years. I don't speak those languages but do recognise the names and and I'd say they were the same, if not worse.
When watching the Friday practice it's Anthony Davidson and some other (clueless) guy who's commentating. Davidson really does provide some genuinely interesting insight, the guy is a clever chap and he seems to know what he's talking about. They should promote him to proper commentator or something. Then again, he is still working as a test driver for Brawn (what the hell do they do if there's a ban on in season testing)
When Ant is on Radio 5 Live (which I much prefer to normal commentary) I think David (Crofty) Croft is on aswell. I've no idea who's in the other group. Croft is quite good, he's pandering to the less initiated in F1 but he does a good job of it. Anthonies insight is really nice, his earlier races were rather good, explaining things only a driver could really pick up on.
With regard the other commentary...the main BBC group is rather annoying. DC doesn't seem to be allowed to tell you very much or he doesn't want to. Eddie, I just think he goes for the throat, good but can grate on you. Jake is a good anchor and mediatre I must say.
Brundle is sounding out-dated now with his tech and never gets allowed to give you much detail because Legard digs in with some comment.I preferred him when he was at ITV. Legard talks...really...slowly...and has bursts of sentences which really gets on my...nerves. It's like he's trying to fill space, he probably is. Then he asks the most inane questions and doesn't drop them, seemingly to annoy Brundle. Ted Kravitz has a better role on the BBC than on ITV, he's got more reign and actually gives a nice insight on the pit straight, although he does wear a silly race-suit.
I think they have a good mix of annoying and likeable characters. Jake was a surprise to me, he genuinely enjoys being at the races and looks like he does too, best of all he's an F1 nut!
Ant is better than Brundle for tech knowledge
Croft is better than Legard for general commentary and neutrality (not saying he's neutral but he's more so than Legard)
Kravitz is better than Holly Samos for getting the scoops and inside info.
Most of all BBC > ITV but it still has some work to become more neutral.
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