Speak to me pretty

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

BROAD­CAST­ERS used to be English and male, ei­ther de­li­ciously plummy like the ac­tor David Niven or, like broad­caster Regi­nald Bosan­quet (be­low), de­li­ciously out to lunch. Now, they all seem to be fe­males, who whis­per with satin­like sen­su­al­ity. They are great broad­cast­ers, yes, but why are so many from Scot­land and so few from Birm­ing­ham?

As Scot­land’s pop­u­la­tion is so much smaller than the Mid­lands, shouldn’t we re­dress the re­gional im­bal­ance with an in­fu­sion of the Black Coun­try’s finest? They have nasal twangs that play on the ear like a bas­soon in a rusty can, so youth­ful, so ex­hil­a­rat­ing, so now—such broad­cast­ers would in­vig­o­rate us rather than soothe. Ru­pert Pon­sonby, Ox­ford­shire

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