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Rob Hatch

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Rob Hatch the human cliche. What an annoyance. cannot communicate. He just recites lists of the names in an unrecognisable accent. Fake enthusiasm.. Just hope to God Carlton Kirby has the Tour.
 
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Ok dumb question but who actually is this guy? Is he an ex-rider, I can't find anything about him if he is? Or is he just some random fan who's somehow ended up a cycling commentator? If so, where do I sign up?
 
Ok dumb question but who actually is this guy? Is he an ex-rider, I can't find anything about him if he is? Or is he just some random fan who's somehow ended up a cycling commentator? If so, where do I sign up?
Why, do you look forward to someone starting a thread about how infuriating your voice, knowledge, credentials are?

Rob Hatch is just a guy who went to broadcasting school and has been having on-air conversations for nearly 20 years now. Have you failed to notice the tendency to pair ex-pros with professional talkers for commentating sports? Pretty sure it's common practice across all sports and all geographies. It's not easy to get Sean Kelly to say something beyond, "this is the real real hard part".
 
Why, do you look forward to someone starting a thread about how infuriating your voice, knowledge, credentials are?

Rob Hatch is just a guy who went to broadcasting school and has been having on-air conversations for nearly 20 years now. Have you failed to notice the tendency to pair ex-pros with professional talkers for commentating sports? Pretty sure it's common practice across all sports and all geographies. It's not easy to get Sean Kelly to say something beyond, "this is the real real hard part".
Are you familiar with the old Sean Kelly bingo?
 
I am a fairly new follower of cycling on Eurosport. Why is it that Rob Hatch has to pronounce names of riders and places in accents that are not understandable to English speaking viewers? Watching the last stage of the Tour de Romandie, I gave up trying to understand the town of the finish. In the end I had to go to Google to find out where it was and it was nothing like the way he pronounced it! I have seen him defending these garbled pronunciations as 'respect', how about some respect for paying viewers! When he is pronouncing names and teams in a peleton you might as well not bother listening it is just garbled gobbledegook! The viewers in UK want to know what is going on and are poorly served by this commentator who seems more interested in pushing his linguistic qualifications than informing viewers what is going on, THAT is his job. BTW Ron Bahrain has never been pronounced Baaahhhrain!

Just observed this thread OP and felt for adding a few cents here.

And sorry if I'm mixing things up here (it's been a very long time since I've listened to Mr. Hatch myself), but as I understand the appeal here is that a commentator should rather not make the attempt - than dying in it, if he/she shows any signs of being on the outside here anyway.

So that he ends up with no one understanding him/her in the end - and that's the charge here, right?

Myself started with my interest in various sports before school a big part being all the unfamiliar names; Notice them. Taste them on my tongur. And later, when I learned to read, to notice the nuances in the composition of letters and guess the pronunciation, becoming quite easier when learning different languages in ground school.

It wasn't just about the obvious respect and humility, but just as much about "tasting" other pronunciations and trying to adapt the tongue to them.

For several decades, I also needed the approach as a green engineer, which was sent around the world. It is now even more fun to try the local language, in addition to getting to the core faster and avoiding critical misunderstandings, so basically you are more "present" by using the local language.

Thus, I also enjoy the few commenters with real language skills and make a virtue of respecting the correct pronunciation of family names.

The second is just hopelessly disrespectful in my world. Especially if, on top of that, you get a big fat hire for it, it can quickly turn on me when the host has fallen asleep mentally.

But far worse with a host who just shoots from the hip constantly, so he's absolutely sure no one understands him anymore.
 

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