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Channel 4 drops Ortis Deley as main athletics presenter

1 September 2011 2:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Hundreds complained about The Gadget Show host's move to fronting world championships coverage

Channel 4 has dropped Ortis Deley as main presenter of its coverage of the world athletics championships following hundreds of complaints from viewers.

Deley, previously best known as one of the hosts of Channel 5's The Gadget Show, has struggled in the live presenting role and was described by Giles Smith, a critic at the Times, as wearing an "expression that brings to mind furry creatures and headlamps".

Channel 4 is broadcasting the championships for the first time – after 27 years with the BBC – and promised a showcase for the broadcaster's "innovative approach to live sport".

But the coverage has not gone down well with some viewers; the number of complaints is said to be in the "low hundreds" since the championships began on 27 August.

Not all of the complaints related to Deley, with viewers also unhappy that »

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