Only truly great have the Crick Factor
We are conditioned to dismiss the 'mavericks' out there as not really 'proper' broadcasters
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.