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weird presenters on BBC

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:32 am
by Caireann
I personally find Alan Johnston the weirdest...his slow hoarse whispering (not horse whisperer) voice always does it to me. Its so boring.

Another boring and depressing voice is Steve Evans. He speaks relatively slow drags out the vowels of every other word to infinity and drops the pitch of his voice a lot before commas or the end of a sentence. That makes me ask if he is depressed.

Another slightly weird voice is Kim's from Top of the Pops. She sounds as if she has chronic sinusitis, always a blocked nose...the Ts Ns Ms come out funny.

On the TV side Tom Brooks is weirdest. He cant pronounce sibilants. On good days the S-es can be heard a bit like "th" on bad days it sounds as if he simply drops the S-es. Another guy who should not be in front of a microphone.

A weird guy is Rajan Datar. I am still asking myself why they called the new show "over to you" instead of maintaining the more appropriate "writeon"...and then that weird clapping "theme song" he selected for that show.

Is there no interview, pre-screening of people before they are hired for a microphone job?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 8:04 am
by uiwangmike
Alan Johnston' voice is hoarse - maybe he has some chronic laryngeal damage. But weird? Boring? You can judge for yourself when and if this program comes online.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1hm

PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:52 am
by Caireann
uiwangmike wrote:Alan Johnston' voice is hoarse - maybe he has some chronic laryngeal damage. But weird? Boring? You can judge for yourself when and if this program comes online.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1hm
I need some pep when people speak.
If it is getting too slow then I switch off and sleep.
Alan J makes me regularly sleep and Steve Evans brings me close to crying, so depressing sounds his voice.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:21 pm
by Des
Call me shallow, but I agree about Alan Johnston. I can hardly hear the bloke whispering hoarsely away in the background and what would otherwise be an interesting item is lost to me. When he records himself interviewing someone he sounds normal, so I'm afraid to say his delivery to mic is mere affectation.


....and don't get me started on Orla Guerin...

PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:30 pm
by Caireann
Des wrote:Call me shallow, but I agree about Alan Johnston. I can hardly hear the bloke whispering hoarsely away in the background and what would otherwise be an interesting item is lost to me. When he records himself interviewing someone he sounds normal, so I'm afraid to say his delivery to mic is mere affectation.


....and don't get me started on Orla Guerin...
I still suspect they have him the job out of pity, because he was kidnapped by the palestinians a few years back.

A weird accent has Emma Joseph who puts the accents always on the last syllable where it doesnt always belong.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:20 am
by Caireann
one I have left out:
The weirdest voice, always going up and down, trying to do some acting in front of the microphone is naturally our local Singapore own voice, the woman who makes her 1/2 minute appearance 1/2 a minute before the top of the hour.

Singaporeans when put in front of a camera or a microphone try to give it their all they have and they start acting and over acting.
In front of the camera they really make monkeys out of themselves as if we were still living in the 1920ies and the movies were all silent movies.
In front of the microphone they cant monkey around, so that lady here does her best to play with the pitch of her voice, sounding sad and happy, depressed and excited all at the same time while the pitch of her voice goes up and down and up and down.
Weird people Singaporeans put into the spotlight.