Tuesday 17 October 2017

Jonathan Liew: Colin Murray is not just irritating and irrelevant – he is a very bad presenter

The BBC's Colin Murray carrying the Olympic torch last summer. Photo: Getty
The BBC's Colin Murray carrying the Olympic torch last summer. Photo: Getty

THERE are days when, to be perfectly frank, you wonder what the point of it all is. Terrorism, injustice, dubstep: where will it all end? Why fight? Why bother?

But there are some days when, against all the odds, against this seemingly irresistible tide of ill, you feel you might finally be getting somewhere. Those days are rare, but they are golden. And yesterday was one of those days. Colin Murray is leaving Match of the Day 2. Let the bells ring. Let the birds sing. Let us all give his substitute a big cheer.

Murray, as far as we are aware, will continue to present a host of sport programmes on BBC Radio Five Live, Radio, ironically, suits Murray a good deal better. There are built-in silences to fill. Talking too much and not bothering to listen is an asset rather than an annoyance.

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