He does my head in royally!

I’d like video evidence of him ever disagreeing with Steve Ryder as I don’t think he ever has! He simply takes what Steve says in the question, jumbles it all up so it doesn’t make any sense and then spits it back out - after adding in a few extra random words to pad it out.

An average discussion could go something like this :

Steve : So Mark, as our expert pundit, does Lewis really have the upperhand over Alonso this weekend?

It’s maybe not fair to single him out, but I was watching a bit of GMTV today (in my defence, I was half asleep at the time…) and at about 7:50am up popped Richard Arnold to talk about tonight’s TV.

A very, very, very brief chat about a couple of programmes accompanied with short clips and at 7:53am he was gone from our screens and the show moved on to Andrea with the weather..

Now, my gripe is this - how much is he being paid, what does he do with the rest of his day, and how can I get a job like his?

I don’t really know where to start with this, but strap yourself in because this could be a big one!

This programme could and should have been good - the original idea of showing people just how beautiful the country we live in actually is seems pretty flawless.  The best reality TV is never going to be Big Brother, or I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here or anything else like that, it’s programmes like Planet Earth, Wildlife on One, Blue Planet etc.  Nobody can beat nature for creating stunning and dramatic reality TV.

The annoying thing about people who present sport on TV, is pretty much the same as the thing I hate about news readers.

Normally they are in a studio (often a studio in the stadium or at the golf course or whatever, but in a studio none the less), but then at other times they insist on being right where the action is.

When ITV bought the rights to show F1 in Britain, they started off with a lovely studio which they transported to each Grand Prix but now they have ditched that idea and insist on sending Steve Rider and Mark Blundell out into the pitlane prior to the race.

The news each night is full of stories about everything from the release of new games consoles, to death and destruction in various places around the world - and all this information is delivered to us by intrepid reporters who have been despatched to these locations to relay on-the-spot and up-to-the-minute content.

All these stories are held together by the anchorman (or woman), who is stuck behind a desk in a studio.

Now this is alright, because they generally describe the events in simple language and show pictures and if necessary graphs and sometimes even a reconstruction.  All these things allow us to take on board the information they have to give, and understand it’s implications.

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