The reaction on Twitter to the negativity which runs through the Today programme is considerable. There is a reaction to the presenters asking the wrong questions or for their overly aggressive tone; there is the antipathy shown towards the guests; and then a general sense that Today is covering the wrong stuff and in the wrong way. What a way to begin your day, although 6 million people do.
By contrast we have Test Match Special . It is a bouquet of brilliance, a shining example of quality broadcasting which showcases some truly great communicators who clearly love their jobs. The team is a blend of characters who all approach their task with good grace and a respect of others not often heard on Today. Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Henry Blofeld, Christopher Martin-Jenkins not only understand the game of cricket - it's tempo, foibles and nuances - but are able to paint a picture of the action in a calmly compelling way.
|Recent commentary via an iPad when technology failed|
The positivity that runs through TMS - as fans of the show refer to it - is infectious, putting a smile on the listeners face even if England are performing poorly. If England win, great, if a good game of cricket is unfurling in front of the TMS commentary box then this is even better.
On cold, dark, dank January mornings I thank my lucky stars I have been able to wake up to Aggers and the team rather than John Humphrys and his.