Australian Left Review

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China Shop: Artie Chokes


Mike Ticher


The recent rugby union World Cup has once again exposed Australian sports lovers to the talents of an ABC commentary team. I was going to say 'idiosyncrasies', but that's just the point—there aren't any. The symbol of the ABC's mediocrity when it comes to sport is their insistence that all their commentatoiB and presenters appear dressed in bright green blazers with bright red ties. It's not just that such an outfit is an offence against any normal standards of sartorial decency. The green blazer and red tie are screaming at us from every fibre that what the ABC really loves in its sports presenters is not wit, insight or communication skills of any kind, but uniformity.