ITV4 Vuelta coverage

by Cooks   September 5, 2012  

Does anybody else find the commentators IMMENSELY annoying? Anthony McCrossen has a voice that is like an icepick in my ear, and the Scottish fella is almost as bad. Todays constantly repeated words and phrases: Penultimate, bit between his teeth.

Painful, painful watching.

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you give it a crack for the next stage, record it, put it on youtube and i will give it a watch and let you know what i think.

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
5th September 2012 - 22:36

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They are very annoying, have they stopped pronouncing movistar "movie-star" yet?

posted by djb123 [84 posts]
5th September 2012 - 23:05

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Doesn't really bother me, the picture quality is much better than the Eurosports stream I "acquire" via my Apple TV box .. Smile

Have to say though, at times when listening, it feels kinda strange to have Frankie Boyle commentating .. Smile

I think it would be great to have ITV4 cover all three Grand Tours and TOB, I have emailed them in the past regarding this ...

All in all though, this years VUELTA has been very enjoyable, I've found it a little dull in the past TBH, much preferring the GIRO, but 2012 has been all good.

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [299 posts]
6th September 2012 - 7:53

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Are Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen not available? Do they get 49 weeks off a year?

Only good at sitting-down sports

posted by kayakboyuk [41 posts]
6th September 2012 - 18:14

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I watched yesterday's stage on ITV player. I like Ant. He's got knowledge, I just don't like ITV

https://twitter.com/antmccrossan

The Scottish fella you are talking about is Brian Smith the former national road race champion 91 and 94

He is a regular guy on Eurosport's coverage. I think he's a great commentator

https://twitter.com/BriSmithy

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posted by Gkam84 [8681 posts]
6th September 2012 - 19:00

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Anthony McCrossan has a very annoying voice is a pretty useless commentator. Brian Smith is knowledgeable but not a natural broadcaster.

Roger Hammond, on the other hand, is excellent: intelligent, articulate and insightful. Dodgy shirts though.

posted by pjay [224 posts]
6th September 2012 - 20:05

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AM doesn't have a very exciting tone to his voice which means even the most exciting events in the race he makes sound uninteresting. Shame.

posted by paulfg42 [369 posts]
6th September 2012 - 21:54

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hows your version coming along @Cooks? i get to catch the coverage on eurosport and itv4.

people need to realise we are lucky to have the coverage at all.

everyones an armchair expert and can do a better job it seems.

i personally find the coverage perfectly acceptable its not going to win an oscar but take what you can get.

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
7th September 2012 - 14:11

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Yeah, when I get paid to commentate on it, I will.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [478 posts]
7th September 2012 - 17:37

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I for one think the coverage has been good

posted by Adey [98 posts]
7th September 2012 - 18:50

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The coverage has been good, the pre race and post race analysis has been good, everything has been good, except I don't think Anthony McCrossen is a good commentator.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [478 posts]
7th September 2012 - 18:59

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Gkam84 wrote:
I watched yesterday's stage on ITV player. I like Ant. He's got knowledge, I just don't like ITV

https://twitter.com/antmccrossan

The Scottish fella you are talking about is Brian Smith the former national road race champion 91 and 94

He is a regular guy on Eurosport's coverage. I think he's a great commentator

https://twitter.com/BriSmithy


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onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [224 posts]
8th September 2012 - 8:32

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There are worse commentators. eg: Carlton Kirby

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1331 posts]
8th September 2012 - 15:19

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Brian Smith of course also general manager of Endura Racing.

Rode alongside some Texan bloke at Motorola in 1994, too Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7896 posts]
8th September 2012 - 16:21

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cat1commuter wrote:
There are worse commentators. eg: Carlton Kirby

I'd hesitate to call Carlton Kirby a commentator. He's more the bloke that Eurosport call when no-one else is available (for any sport). Still, at least Liggett and Sherwen weren't available for this Vuelta. We have to be thankful for that.

posted by pjay [224 posts]
8th September 2012 - 19:14

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