Robert Peston. Why?

In the words of the immortal Sir Terence Wogan: Is it me?

For the third time recently, I had to turn off The Today Programme whilst listening to it on the way in to work in my motor car today. The moment Robert bloody Pest-on comes on air and starts talking (is it talking?) in that ******* stupid un-joined up way, I have to get shot of him.

I can only assume he is employed by the BBC so they can boast that they are keeping up their quota of biff staff. I'm not able to listen to him long enough to ascertain whether or not he knows what he's talking about. One would have thought, but here I'm prepared to accused of being old fashioned, that to be given a job as a broadcaster/reporter one should at the very least be able to speak correctly.


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Thanks QMan, I thought it was just me!!!
Not just you guys, Robert Peston's radio manner, indeed his very introduction to a programme is an inducement for my finger to hit the "off" button. The man is a boring **** of the Highest order.
As you say I've no idea if he knows his subject, as I can't listen to him either!
There is no-one who loves Robert Peston more than the man himself (and possibly the BBC exec responsible for keeping him on our screens/airwaves). The man is a real pain in the arse and I am with the OP - I never stay to hear what his point is, as he irritates the hell out of me. Up there with John Prescott in my all time hate league.
One for the death pool.
[Chair scrapes backwards as he rises to his feet, the group falls silent]
Newbie: "My name is, err *cough* stickybomb, and I'm...a...Peston-hater."
[The dishevelled figure regains his seat with relief, head in hands, clearly shattered by his experience]
Group: "Well done and welcome to Peston-haters Anonymous"

I am so glad it isn't just me. I couldn't care less about the actual substance of his utterings but h i s s t y l e o f p s e u d o - t h o u g h t f u l d e l i i i i v e r y r e a l l y sucks and he always speedsupwhenhegetstoacomplicatedbitjusttodemonstratehowmuchofajournalisticwünderkindheis.

I have noticed that he only does this when unscripted. All of the rest of his scripted stuff is just delivered with the supercilious air of a man who's ego never really properly deflated after being told that his BBC blog was being read as a primary news source by the whole world in as Northern Rock started to implode a few years ago.

More punchable than Ed Balls, and that's saying something.
One would have thought, but here I'm prepared to accused of being old fashioned, that to be given a job as a broadcaster/reporter one should at the very least be able to speak correctly.
How very old fashioned of you.

To get on in broadcasting these days you either have to be a former "stand up comedian" or a brown-nosing, suck-hole with a funny voice and an ego the size of an elephant's chuff.

Pesto was never a stand up comedian, iirc.
Thank **** for that! It isn't just me. I was beginning to think I was becoming unreasonable in my old age.....

Joking aside: He, Peston, really does grip my shit. I can't bear it, I simply can not listen to the twat.

Edited to add: How do we get the chod to have a look at ARRSE?
Thank goodness I am not the only one.

I really have tried to understand what he says but his presentation is just too awful to listen to. I switch off the moment I hear his voice.
They've already altered the way he contributes because of his voice. There were a large number of complaints originally about his speaking style and also how his segments would meander around the topic. They changed it so that he'd in effect be interviewed by one of the main presenters so that he stays on topic and his voice is broken up a bit by the presenter.
I'd never heard of him until this thread. So I googled him and now I know.
Well, thanks guys. Now I have to go and have my ears blocked up with cheese.

PS... sign me up for the next Pestonaholics anonymous session.
I like him, I think hes a very good presenter of a boring subject, and being kept guessing, not only what he will say next but how he will say it with gaps and pauses in all the wrong places is very entertaining and I think lends him a great deal of credibility. In fact, if I have to make any significant capital purchases (ie pork scratchings with my pint) I find myself thinking in his voice.

on this occasion the arrse panel are talking out of their arses.
He has a stammer. Turn off the TV/radio not hard is it?
If you've read my first post, you'll see that's exactly what I and it would appear many others, do.

Again, I lay myself open to accusations of being old fashioned, but, I would have thought the Beeb would want folk to listen to its broadcasts. I tune into them because I do want to listen to them - and I want that listening experience to be one, a pleasant experience and two, understandable. When said Peston lurches on air, the noises he makes are bloody ridiculous. One would not employ a man who couldn't kick a ball to play for England so why would anybody employ a twat who can't speak to talk for a living?

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