I do wish 'they' would do something about the 'heavy breathing' of the two presenters. The man is the worst with very audable and annoying sharp intake of breath between sentances. Perhaps a different 'mike' might help?
Oh I dunno: the sharp intakes of breath seem to make the news delivery that bit more dramatic and pacey. Remember, this is Thames Valley we're talking about, where one story about a cannabis farm raid in Oxford or a mugging in Reading, sounds like any other. Wesley rules!