By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:05 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 22:34 GMT, 2 December 2019
So Cornelius Lysaght, master of suave words, is going from the airwaves and they think it is business as usual at Tower of Babel HQ, also known as BBC Radio sport.
It is not.
For 30 years, Lysaght was the well-modulated voice of racing on the nation’s state-funded Beeb, their supremely well-informed correspondent on everything from the big horsey news to tittle-tattle gossip. He had everyone’s ear in that incestuous world and he was equally trusted by his informants and his listeners.
Radio racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght is latest prominent name to leave the BBC
But, hey, he is white and 54, and as you may have gathered, he is male, and the powers that lust after a youth audience believe he is disposable.
One man’s imminent going might not be a major subject of national debate if it were in isolation. But it isn’t a one-off. His departure from 5 Live forms part of a pattern that cannot be ignored.
Lysaght follows Garry Richardson, presenter of the intelligent Sportsweek programme, which asked pertinent questions every Sunday morning, and Jonathan Overend, the corporation’s fine former tennis correspondent, in filing out of the studio.
Richardson, it should be said, decided of his own volition that he was lightening his duties. But could not Sportsweek have taken on a new presenter?
BBC radio show Sportsweek was axed