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BBC Sport presenters - the B team

(August 2004)

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BR
Brekkie
Steve Rider and Sue Barker are undoubtabley BBC Sport's first choice presenters, along with Gary Lineker for football, but the rest of them aren't to bad either - arguably better.

I certainly prefer Hazel Irvine to Sue - she seems to have a better knowledge of a wider breadth of sports. Also, Craig Doyle is now becoming an essential part of the team - not just someone on holiday from Holiday.

I've said for a while John Inverdale is the BBC's best presenter - it's a shame he's not part of the TV team at the Olympics - while Jill Douglas is also very capable, and to a lesser extent, Phil Jones.

Not so sure abot Rishi Persauds presenting skills - he looked uncomfortable with Sue the other night, but is OK on the afternoon news shift.

The new Football Focus host Manish Bhasin is also very capable, although I don't really understand why Ray Stubbs could have continued to host it along with the new Score Interactive. Considering Manish only joined Football Focus as a reporter earlier this year - he's got a very quick promotion, and is far better than any of Ray's previous stand ins.

Adrian Chiles is also an asset to BBC Sport - he was excellent on 6-0-6 and I think he could make MOTD2 more critically successful than MOTD ifself.

Also, Steve Cram is excellent as the main athletics host. He was brilliant when he was at C4 - and I for one I'm glad Roger Black has gone - but where is he now?
BE
benjy
Well they all do a great job - BBC Sport is very lucky to have such a large team of quality presenters. Like you, the only presenter I'm not too sure about is Rishi Persauds who does quite often seem nervous and uncomfortable, especially during the "banter" before and after his afternoon news round-ups. And I do think that when the viewer sees a visibly uncomfortable presenter, it also makes them feel uneasy - I did when I was watching him with Hazel this afternoon. Although I've not doubt that he'll improve with experience.

As well as Craig Doyle, Suzi Perry is also another great asset to the BBC Sport team - I hope she gets to do some presenting from the studio some time soon. I'm also very keen on both Sue and Hazel - they are both real pros. Phil Jones is quite good, but doesn't really seem as enthusiastic as the other presenters at times.

I was very surprised at how good Manish Bhasin was, too - I was expecting someone far less able than him, but it already looks like he's been presenting Football Focus for years!
JA
jamesmd
I think I read somewhere that Steve Cram is presenting tomorrow's 0700 programme on BBC 1... I can't confirm that though.
:-(
A former member
I wouldnt class Gary Linekar as a great presenter, he damages the BBC sport team, I think he's sly and someone who wants a punch. Put someone else on Match of the Day, I might watch it then, but until he goes, Im with Sky Sports!
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Luke
Brekkie Boy posted:
The new Football Focus host Manish Bhasin is also very capable, although I don't really understand why Ray Stubbs could have continued to host it along with the new Score Interactive. Considering Manish only joined Football Focus as a reporter earlier this year - he's got a very quick promotion, and is far better than any of Ray's previous stand ins.

Adrian Chiles is also an asset to BBC Sport - he was excellent on 6-0-6 and I think he could make MOTD2 more critically successful than MOTD ifself.


I wouldn't yet call Chiles an "asset" as such, especially if last weeks MOTD2 was anything to go by.

I've always found Stubbs exceedingly dull actually, this new "Score Interactive" show he presents has the atmosphere of a funeral parlour - which reflects his style of broadcasting.
BR
Brekkie
benjy posted:
As well as Craig Doyle, Suzi Perry is also another great asset to the BBC Sport team - I hope she gets to do some presenting from the studio some time soon.


Suzi Perry did do a bit of presenting Sunday Grandstand this year - but from what I remember she looked very uncomfortable - far better as a on location reporter.
IS
Isonstine Founding member
Bring back Eamon Holmes and Dougie Donnelly!
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News24boy
You may be interested to know that Jonathan Edwards made a guest appearance on Swedish TV last night. He joined the host for a short discussion (in English of course!). No subtitles or anything. Not surprising the Swedes so good at English...
CM
CharlieMouse
Luke posted:


I've always found Stubbs exceedingly dull actually, this new "Score Interactive" show he presents has the atmosphere of a funeral parlour - which reflects his style of broadcasting.


Impressive - commeting upon the atmosphere of a programme which has not yet been broadcast. Care to offer some criticism of next Thursday's Six O'Clock News?
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Luke
CharlieMouse posted:
Luke posted:


I've always found Stubbs exceedingly dull actually, this new "Score Interactive" show he presents has the atmosphere of a funeral parlour - which reflects his style of broadcasting.


Impressive - commeting upon the atmosphere of a programme which has not yet been broadcast. Care to offer some criticism of next Thursday's Six O'Clock News?


They haven't yet broadcast Score Interactive, with the season already underway? Bizarre. In any case, the programme I watched on Saturday was Final Score, I think.

Sorry for the confusion...
CM
CharlieMouse
Luke posted:


They haven't yet broadcast Score Interactive, with the season already underway? Bizarre. In any case, the programme I watched on Saturday was Final Score, I think.


You're right - it WAS Final Score. With the interactive Olympics, and wall-to-wall coverage of stuff from Athens, there isn't really room for the football to exploit the red button. The interactive doodah kicks off on September 11th. (An ominous date for the new service to start!)

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