Top positive review
Mosty Very Good but Occasionally Could Do With Another Channel
on 27 June 2017
Mostly a good book written in a cheery highly personal way. It is in effect an autobiography where the author 'coughs up' moments from his own career providing insights into how TV / radio broadcasting works, and reviews the relationship between the different TV channels and sport since the days the 'box' came into being. The book's strength is its humour and irony. It also presents a highly readable account of key moments and how thing were done given the existing technology. Where it drops off a bit is in lengthy considerations about whether John Motson is a better commentator than Barry Davies for example (Kenneth Wolstenhome / David Coleman etc). These areas I found difficult to plough through because quite frankly I couldn't give two hoots about the commentator / analyst, if its someone I don't like I turn the sound off and put music on. It is incredibly well researched so serves the purposes I bought it for as a line of social history. I would look at stuff written by Martin Kelner again. Just not, I suppose, a Desert Island contender.