28 March 2016
Rowing historian Clive Radley writes:
Why did the BBC trivialise parts of its Boat Race coverage this year?
For millions of TV viewers, the Women’s and Men’s Boat Races are serious sporting events for which the athletes are spending an enormous amount of time training.
The commentators are mainly ex-rowers, who use their experience to explain what is happening at the races.
However, why did the BBC find it necessary to inject a ‘comedy element’ with comedian Seann Walsh, who by his own admission knew nothing about rowing and the Boat Races?
Rugby and soccer coverage are treated differently with only experts commentating.
Come on, BBC – the Boat Race coverage should be dealt with in a professional manner.