“It was a bit like enjoying together with your legs tied collectively. The BBC is the nationwide broadcaster and I get that, however they’re frightened to demise of upsetting anyone.”
Lawrenson remembers one event in 1997 when he observed a change in how the BBC had been behaving. He was commentating on a Bradford Metropolis match quickly after the demise of Princess Diana, and alleges that he was advised to not point out the phrase ‘wall’ at a free-kick following the crash involving the favored royal.
“The editor of the programme came to visit on the cans and mentioned, ‘Any free kicks across the penalty space tonight, please don’t point out the wall. I don’t keep in mind who I used to be commentating with, however I requested him, ‘Is that for actual?’ and he mentioned, ‘Oh yeah, that’s for actual,’” Lawrenson continued.
“You’re working with editors who’re most likely of their mid-20s. You may speak in between the bits which are on TV on the time and you’ll have a joke about one thing they usually’ll say, ‘Don’t say that.’ And I’m considering, ‘I’ve been right here for 20-odd years, I feel I would know what to say and what to not say.’ ”