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Live television is 'a high-wire act with no safety net'

2 September 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV host Ortis Deley was dropped this week as Channel 4's main presenter of its world athletics coverage after an excruciating series of blunders. Jon Henley talks to other broadcasting veterans about the thrill, the adrenaline - and the nightmare of going live

It's tough, live TV. We tend to forget it these days, perhaps because there's so much of the stuff, but anyone in doubt need only ask Ortis Deley. Until this week the 38-year-old broadcaster, first talent-spotted as a contestant on Blind Date, had enjoyed a blameless career, mainly in children's and youth programmes on cable stations and at the BBC. For the past two years, he had co-presented Channel 5's The Gadget Show.

Now, following several hundred complaints and an excruciating three-minute YouTube compilation entitled Ortis Deley's Presenting Masterclass, he is probably better known as the man Channel 4 dropped as the main presenter of »

- Jon Henley

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TV review - Botham: The Legend of '81 and Regional TV: Life Through a Local Lens

20 July 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ian Botham performed feats I could only dream of – then turned into an old fogey

I've still kept a few videos. Among them are Botham's Ashes and That Man Botham. Neither of them have been played in years; nor are they likely to be as we got rid of the VHS player about 10 years ago. But I can't bring myself to sling them out, because Ian Botham was one of my many parallel lives.

Just a year older than me, Botham did the things I could only dream about. While my life was being played out in anonymous misery in Peckham, he was the cricketing rebel who dared to stick two fingers up to Lord's while single-handedly dismantling the Aussies, a man who never played safe or kept one eye on his averages, whose flaws were part of his appeal – who else could get away with that dodgy moustache and dodgier mullet? »

- John Crace

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