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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Attack radio

Five Live have got the same problem as Radio Two: they're desperate to hire people who they think are known from TV because, sadly, they find it pays in increased ratings.
Last night, the night Sam Allardyce left Newcastle, they found themselves with Tim Lovejoy fielding the post-match phone calls on 606.
Lovejoy's a brilliant TV presenter because he's completely at ease under the scrutiny of the camera. But on the radio he simply doesn't have the crackle, the energy, the presence.
Just heard the darts commentator Sid Waddell and the racing man John McCririck bantering about Newcastle on the same station. Somebody should sit Lovejoy down to listen to it. The attack that these two pensioners put into it must have left them physically drained.