Tuesday 17 January 2017

Only truly great have the Crick Factor

We are conditioned to dismiss the 'mavericks' out there as not really 'proper' broadcasters

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

Chris Donoghue, Pat Kenny and Ivan Yates
Chris Donoghue, Pat Kenny and Ivan Yates
Illustration by Jim Cogan

YOU could call it the Crick Factor, after Michael Crick, the former BBC Newsnight reporter. It is a phenomenon whereby certain broadcasters and journalists who are exceptionally good at what they do are regarded as mavericks, even mere oddballs, somehow not quite the real thing.

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I name it after Crick because I was always a great admirer of his reports on Newsnight, and yet in some part of my mind I was still conditioned to see him in these faintly dismissive terms – he was "off-beat", or perhaps the lowest cut of all, "quirky".

In fact, Crick was none of these things. Crick was just great.

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