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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. discostu says:

    You cant hear any of it in the pub after half a dozen pints, what with the general roaring in the ears anyway.

  2. twohundredpercent says:

    This is true, but my general financial status will probably preculde me from watchingal bar the most important matches in the pub. There might be gin-induced roaring from my living room, but whether it’s loud enough to drown out the television will rather depend on the number of geeks and amount of gin concerned.

  3. tiexano says:

    I know that on some fancy digital channels over here you can get Formula 1 with out commentator’s. Just pure motor sound. Why the hell isn’t that possible in football. Commentators are a relict from the radio they somehow forgot to get rid off when telly arrived. “Sorry mate, but the people can see that now them-selfs, you know?”. This is leaving them with a speaking part without text. The only thing that’s left when they are fed up with stating the obvious and mumbling expletives is reciting racial cliches and the latest yellow press nonsense.

  4. twohundredpercent says:

    I’m not sure yet what the BBC’s interactive commentary options will be, but they do (I think) offer an alternatve commentary or you can have it with BBC radio commentary, which is usually a bit more cerebral. I shall find out on Friday afternoon.

  5. mystery_bob says:

    You may think the national BBC and ITV broadcasts have some bad commentators, but you should come up and try the guys who do the BBC Scotland and STV games.

    The quality of their commentary is a perfect metaphor for the Scottish football they are taking about.

    The only Scottish commentator I ever really enjoyed was Jock Brown (brother of ex Scotland manager Craig). He did all the BBC games in the years when I was growing up and therefore was the voice of football to me. He kind of spoiled it all by becoming a very poor general manager of Celtic a few years back and I have lost all respect for his football authority now.

    However, If there is one consolation to Scotland not being involved in this tournamet, it’s that I won’t have to listen to Archie McPherson. The man is clearly a raving lunatic, known best for use of the term “WOOOOOOOOFFFFF!!!” while commenatating.

  6. colin says:

    I can’t stick Jock Brown. But, yes, all anyone outside Scotland needs to know about our football coverage is that they sometimes let the drummer out of Deacon Blue present it.

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