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
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.
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.