WHEN digital television was introduced we were promised one of the benefits would be that we needn’t listen to often-insufferable commentators because we could switch to stadium-only sound.
The BBC did it for a spell with rugby union and, if I remember correctly, the options even included a feed from the referee. It was excellent and informative.
This idea seems to have faded away but I beg the authorities to reintroduce it without delay.
The current Euros have demonstrated beyond doubt that, while some of the commentators are excellent, as are some summarisers, the majority are witless and whose self importance is only overshadowed by their incompetence.
Do they not realise that I can see what is happening without them spelling it out in words of one syllable?
Do they not recognise the dreadful over-use of “that” instead of “the” (as in the pass, the ball, the right-hand side), “his”/“her” (as in his head, her hand) which normally forms the English language?
And all these people are being paid vast fees, which one way or another come from our pockets.
Come on, broadcasters. Please give the general public what they want and deserve.